Interview: Kari Veastad
Luca Curci talks with Kari Veastad during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Kari Veastad is a painter from Norway. Her aesthetic experimentation focuses on abstract expressionism with the intent to express ideas concerning nature, spiritual experiences, and the complexities of the human psyche. Veastad’s style straddles between representation and exploring colour fields with gestural lines. Her work’s core mission is to exhibit art that encourages ideas to shape and mould future plans into something better, more efficient, and useful for the world.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kari Veastad – My name is Kari Veastad. born in 1961, currently living in Sandnes in the southwest part of Norway. “My career way and daily work have been in the oil industry, with systems and numbers. My interest in people with their different relationships and connections has led me to various therapeutic and coaching educations. Creativity has always been a part of my life and has given me a lot of energy. I also love hiking and being in nature, seeing the creation with a different languages and colours for each season. I started with oil painting in 2009. Since 2016 I make art intuitive with acrylic on canvas. I am an autodidact painter and participate in some courses for different inspirations.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
KV – I work with acrylic on canvas. Intuitively working with acrylic gives me a lot of flexibility and movement.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
KV – Deciding the name is the most exciting part because it gives more context to the images even though I never know when it is the first or last thing to do. Maybe the most challenging is patience to finish and clear stop in time.
LC – How is your creative process?
KV – I love to play with colours on the blank canvas to see what emerges to give further directions. My colours and hands take me on a joyous and unfamiliar journey through inner and outer landscapes. I am constantly surprised by what comes on the canvas as different movements.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
KV – No, I work intuitively, even though I am open to all themes, my artwork ends up with a reflection on the inner wealth of man. My passion is movement and the interaction between body, soul, and spirit.
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?
KV – I want to inspire you to open up and pay attention to your inner landscape for reflection and movement. We are all a mirror of our inner world when we go out into the world with different energies. My artwork “Power Stations” shows and reminds us of different ways to take time off in a busy life. It could be part of meditation, in nature, dancing, or proximity. We need to think about what gives me energy and how to get refills. Human is surrounded by a lot of different energies. What gives me and my inner world the most energy is a question I encourage every to apply. “Own world” describes the importance of man’s need to have his own space both inside but also outside, his energy and boundaries to the world. The artwork represents the interaction between body, soul, and spirit. I want the audience to take the time to see the image in there on unique way. See slowly with new eyes, breath, and see what is talking to you.
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?
KV – The artwork is part of preexisting works. My painting often draws attention to the inner wealth of man. I intend to inspire you to open up and pay attention to your inner landscape for reflection and movement.
My inspiration is the beauty in the surroundings and my passion for the interaction between body, soul, and spirit.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KV – Itsliquid is a great platform with a large spend on both content and work. The theme for your exhibitions inspires me too and is a good contribution to the context of time.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
KV – So far, I have had a good experience with the organization of your event.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
KV – Yes, it would be great to collaborate more with you. I have a good experience of your service