Interview: Ivo Zibulla
Luca Curci talks with Ivo Zibulla during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Ivo Zibulla is based in Leipzig. His works focus on the effects that symbols have on the human psyche both at the level of subjective and group behavioural patterns. He uses various artistic media, primarily painting, sculpture and installation, partly in public space. His works quote the reduced 8bit aesthetics of early video games while incorporating shamanic and sacral art from around the world. He uses the epithet Mu as a signature.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ivo Zibulla – For a second here I wanted to quote some cheesy words of wisdom. I resisted successfully! Art for me is an additional way to heal myself and by that maybe help ease a few other humans’ struggles with the wonder we call daily life. It also is the most intimate interaction I can have with the non-mental parts of my being – the Inner Child or how those aspects of myself are called.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
IZ – I generally have no thoughts outside those that are focused on the creation process (color choices, composition, self-doubt, what will I eat later, and so on). Not having to think about it too much is the main reason I love doing artistic work. I normally sketch the works on a little 8bit app on my smartphone, a type of digital sketchbook. I listen to music often and am barefoot.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
IZ – This is a rather complex question. To put it simply: I am still figuring out how to remove my personality from the creation process. I’m on my way. Things started with recreating pixel items from old skool games representing philosophical concepts and an urge to do the most precise analog, handpainted version of digital pixels – a task that only can fail. As for the change: the art style stays within the range of color-field painting and gets more abstract, more varied, more simple, and more fun to do with each work. Guess I’m getting somewhere.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
IZ – There is this part of my art that I could trace back to traumatic experiences in the early 1990s when the wall came down and the Socialist system of my childhood disappeared and a new system installed itself around me. These were crazy times. There is another part that seems to reinterpret all those spiritual-sacral art and places I’ve been visiting on my backpacking travel years. Another part I found is my way to question our current world state, society, and education system. Guess there will be more reasons unraveled in the future.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
IZ – Happy. Even happier to have another artwork in the sketchbook ready that will be brought into existence next.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
IZ – Consciousness is considered in some perspectives an exclusively human trait. As far as I understand reality, we cannot judge any other sentient being outside ourselves – damn we don’t even fully understand what consciousness is or how it is coming into being. What I personally experienced through martial art practice, meditation, and while spending time in sacral places is that there is a visible world, which is perceived via our senses. In addition, there is at least one other space/realm/world, that can exclusively be experienced inside ourselves – in consciousness itself – and expressed by art. The artworks I chose are from my homologies series (more information about them here https://www.ivozibulla.com/solo-works/homologies/) They experiment with subjective perception and mental processing of visual information, where the randomly chosen order of the elements on the canvas are oscillating between ornament, texture, writing system or magic signage system. Or is it a secret language to conjure unknown entities into our space-time continuum? I surely dare not to judge their function.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
IZ – As stated before, the homologies series started in early 2021 and is still in progress. I’m happy these particular works caught your attention. They were not specifically produced for the exhibition. I would be happy to do that in the future though. Let’s see what comes up!
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
IZ – As far as I understand its concept, it helps upcoming artists to get a broader audience both locally in the venue as also within the group’s digital network.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
IZ – Time will tell in my case. Generally speaking, it can help to bolster the network of the individual artist.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
IZ – Very much. Communication was precise and always helpful. Being at the venue, I was greeted by everyone and there was a vibe of friendliness, that honestly isn’t standard in the art business. I felt appreciated as a human and artist. Thank you so much for this experience.