Interview: Joëlle Rhode
Luca Curci talks with Joëlle Rhode during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 8TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“Born in Paris, France, I studied and then taught mathematics. At the end of such a radically different professional career, I felt the urge to give free rein to my creativity. I am a self-taught artist. I worked and I am still working on the creative process along with meeting actors from the artistic world who allowed me to embark on this path. For three years, I have been discovering first and then exploring all the riches, the subtlety, the delicacy of “glacis à l’huile“. Superimposing the pictorial layers gives depth and lightness. Sculpting by pushing back, removing, scratching, wiping the paint, the forms emerge. I then observe, scrutinize, contemplate the subtle metamorphoses of shapes and colours. Thus, are born paintings made of light and “chiaroscuro” evoking horizons, shores, forests, landscapes of sky and water.”
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Joëlle Rhode – Art is intended to touch people senses and to arouse their emotions and thoughts. It is also for the artist a way of expressing what cannot be expressed with words. As far as I am concerned, what touches me the most is being able to enchant and to amaze with colours and , sometimes, with dreamlike universe as well as allowing people looking at my paintings to let themselves be taken somewhere else.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JR – My main occupation in my life has been teaching mathematics in colleges and high schools. I have been teaching for many years, along with my interest for human relationship, self-knowledge and everything that permits everyone to develop what he really is as a human being. I became a painter since a rather short time, however, creativity along with my taste for all kind of arts have been following my life.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
JR – Inspired by the relief of a desert, the colours of a tree or a bark, the fractals of a rock, I offer an evanescent and unreal universe and invite viewers to break the mirror and enter the world of mysterious and magical dimension in the colours of my emotions.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JR – Being an artist nowadays, for me, is freedom based : freedom to say, freedom to be myself, freedom to express my emotions, freedom to live in the world that I built and am still building …and being able to authentically communicate with others where the first link is through emotions as well.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JR – Over the years, my paintings have become more figurative with a search for details so that everyone’s look can focus on elements of our environment and thus so that everyone can fulfill their imagination in an easier way.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
JR – I particularly like the themes of this festival which allow to create a link between works and to bring together very different artists.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
JR – The intense light of my paintings presented in the exhibition allows us to be transported to another fairy, fantastic world. Landscapes are real and imaginary at the same time. As such, your theme “Future landscapes” and my artwork are truly connected.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JR – Yes, I do enjoy participating for the first time at an international art fair. It’s an opportunity to get my art appreciated by a very large and international community.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JR – This website is clear, aesthetic and the articles are concise and interesting.