Interview: Kiara Peelman
Luca Curci talks with Kiara Peelman during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi Capello.
Kiara Peelman, born in Brussels, Belgium on April 16, 1984. With a life path that changes according to her desires and convictions, Kiara is self-taught in all her artistic and manual skills. Always in search of new materials and techniques, the adventure began at the age of 11. She starts at the Watermael-Boisfort academy, where she is particularly interested in drawing and perfects her dry pastel portrait technique. A few years later, with the desire to enter the working life, she begins studying hairdressing. At the age of 18, Kiara undertakes a year-long trip to Portugal, where she learns Portuguese but above all in search of something new in her life, she launches herself body and soul into styling and conception. It is there that a new world opens to her and back in Brussels, she participates and organizes many exhibitions in the event industry. Having grown up, she opened her first relooking salon in 2011 with various artistic concepts, such as an art gallery in collaboration with many talented exhibitors. It’s 3 years later that Kiara opens her 2nd salon, always with the idea of mixing art and beauty. At this period of her life begins a new love, sculpture. She takes advantage of her premises to exhibit her own creations. New artistic opportunities are born with the discovery of airbrush and oil painting. In 2018, Kiara gives birth to her first child and despite two great professional achievements Kiara does not feel accomplished and decides to stop her professional activities to devote herself to her family and her art.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Kiara Peelman – I’m working on my new approach in crumpled portraits, I plan to make a very long series and make this visual my own.
LC – What is your background ? What is the experience that has most influenced your work?
KP – I started oil painting and hyperrealism just 2 years ago. While browsing the different artists on instagram, I discovered hyperrealism. It was a real crush for me and I wanted to try another technique since I was doing at that time mainly sculpture with 3D pen and acrylic painting with airbrush. I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with the great Eloy Morales in Madrid.
LC – Has your style changed over the years? In what sense?
KP – My style has changed a lot over the years, just look at my work on my instagram profile to see that. I have learned new techniques and found the one that suits me best. I’ve worked hard to perfect my construction process and the visuals that come out of it.
LC – What does your creative process look like?
KP – I usually work in blocks, it’s a slow but precise build, then I start the process again in layers, bringing more and more detail and depth. Recently I tried starting with an acrylic layer, which gives a very satisfying primer for the oil layer, so I adopted this technique but the process remains the same.
LC – What is the most difficult aspect of creating your work?
KP – I think the hardest part is knowing when to stop! To find the right balance between satisfaction and too much material. It’s a real challenge to be completely satisfied with your work. There is also the work of patience since each of my paintings requires between 200 hours and 350 hours of meticulous work.
LC – We were attracted by your latest artistic production, was the work presented created for the festival or is it part of pre-existing works?
KP – It is a coincidence, this painting was just born and is the first of my new series, I must say that the theme of the exhibition appealed to me and that’s why I sent my application.
LC – How do the works presented in our exhibition relate to the theme of the festival?
KP – Fragmented identities. It’s exactly what I represent in my work. In these difficult times we are all bound by the same difficulties of life but we remain strong and whole. Piece Of Pearl, represents the restructuring in the structure, the crumpled beauty. But beauty, even crumpled, remains beautiful. What I especially like in this visual it’s, when we get very close, what we see makes no sense, just separate geometric shapes, but if you take a step back, the separations disappear, and you can see one image in its entirety. This is exactly what is happening in ourselves and in the whole world right now.
LC – Did you enjoy your collaboration with us?
KP – I enjoyed my email exchange, the preparation for the participation and the idea I had of this collaboration.