Interview: Laerte Emme
Luca Curci talks with Laerte Emme during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Grew up in the moment of internet rising, where the aesthetic, the music, the art and the society itself got a transition to something new and in continuous change. Laerte has been influenced by mixed media as glitch, photo bashing, matte painting and manipulation. Everything is ancient and unknown influences his works with a sense of dystopia, inspired by metaphysics with a reflection of our heritage. Wherewith the modern media as computer art and more works for mixing them in various artworks, which are often found in his subjects. Constantly in search of the right marriage between ancient and modern to create on alternative supports as textile, skateboards, plexiglass and much more.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Laerte Emme – It’s a way to escape, to think and let go. A way also to reflect on yourself, your thoughts and express your ideas and vision of things or of
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
LE – Art is a passion that has emerged over the years, and only recently I have begun to transpose it from my head into something physical. It should be consider that I was born in Florence, and therefore I have always been in contact with art, for after being influenced by modern media such as technology. My passion for history and mythology led me to use the name of Laertes, father of Ulysses and argonaut in the search for the golden fleece. Despite this the greatest charm on me was exercised by a small statue from the Met Museum of New York. It’s the Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi’s Paris. For me a great source of inspiration. In fact I love to represent myself with this statue, by manipulating it in many ways. As in some of my works, just see some skateboards and plexiglass that I created.
LC – What is your creative process like?
LE – I think to agree with Chuck Close when he says “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”. I start from an idea that I have in my head, something seen in a newspaper or on the street. But it’s only after I started to work on it, create, test and research, that everything takes shape. By being essentially a manipulator of images, I spend a lot of time in the research of the material, I create what does not exist mixing photographic, pictorial and sometimes 3d elements. Everything as real as possible, harmonious. And then distort and manipulate the image itself into something new.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
LE – I think it’s easier and harder at the same time. I explain: easier because we have media like internet and the socials one, which can help us to show our art. More difficult because in this ocean, there are presented billions of images and works. Consequently by having already a low level of attention, these flee to our eyes. Then for my part, I’m not very present on social media, a gap to which I will try to remedy.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
LE – I love a lot of themes like metaphysics and dystopia. Everything starts from the concept of change, where everything is transformed, always and constantly. We are helpless witnesses to this, who contribute to it, without ever noticing it. This also comes from a stoic vision of life: we all contribute to the motion of the universe, every small action, thought, moment… everything is connected in some way. As Marcus Aurelius often said, and I often quote: Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
LE – My work “Once upon a forest” represents a possible future. There is much to the subject of climate, but also to the concept of dystopia, a future without man but of rebirth. The work therefore concerns the relationship of man with the environment that surrounds him, regardless of the type of environment, whether citizen or naturalistic. There is often, if not always, manipulation by man. Everything is in motion and constant change.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
LE – The “Borders” theme is really interesting, and an opportunity to make the right question to ourselves. I think that even the theme itself remains open enough to see also the interpretation of each artist.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LE – I was impressed, by the communication, for any questions and availability of staff to help.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LE – I think it’s a good opportunity to get started. Referring to the fourth question “How is being an artist nowadays?”, I think it plays an important role to be able to expose some way. Being able to show something in a real contest, to real people, and not just in a digital environment, internet, socials, it’s really important.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LE – I was satisfied of the service, even the fact that you gave me an interview is not trivial. It is always a way to know the artists, their works and what they have in mind, even if then it is the spectator who must decrypt.