Interviews | January 25, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Laura Mirarchi

Interview: Laura Mirarchi
Luca Curci
 talks with Laura Mirarchi during the 6th Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, at Medina Art Gallery, Rome.

Laura Mirarchi is an Italian visual artist, currently based in Florence. Her works is based on experimentation with different medium with an emphasis on the visual and narrative aspects. Her research explores the individual and questions of identity, political and cultural differences in our fragmented and contradictory society. To present her concept in a visual form she makes use of different media such as painting, drawing, and printmaking. More recently, she has approached the installation by working with hybrid materials to create sculptural elements and her latest work has been a video.Treating the figure as a motif of flowing forms, the purpose is to invite the viewer to wonder about what they see and experience in this space that opens up different perspectives and meanings.

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Image courtesy of Laura Mirarchi

Luca Curci – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
Laura Mirarchi – This is a tough question. There are so many artists from whom I have drawn inspiration, not only from the art world, also in the music or cinema. Making a list would not be exhaustive because someone would certainly be left out. For sure Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Sarah Lucas, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cecily Brown, Leonora Carrington, Bill Viola (…) are artists which I really like and their work has had a great impact on me. In general, also the expressionists have always fascinated me, their way to twist the forms to communicate a content beyond the aesthetic aspect as well as the dramatization and vividness of colours, are really close to my aesthetic research.Also in the cinema one of the Directors I loved the most during my adolescence was Michelangelo Antonioni. He has constantly worked on some fundamental psychological issues and on a concept that attracts me very much: the” incommunicability” which ruthlessy communicate to us that the power of the word is limited and that we are unable to understand what happens when people behave in certain ways for no apparent reason.

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LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
LM – It is an ongoing process during which I try to figure out what are the mediums, languages and techniques close to my vision and my way to communicate. It is true that art is influenced by the historical, political and social context it is also true that it changes a lot with the evolution of your personality. I mean, as you live you have experiences that change the way you perceive things and how you respond to them, so it’s clear that also your way of making art and the content you want to convey evolves. I don’t know if there’s a culmination of this process or maybe it is more realistic to think that at some point you do only what you like.    

LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you?
LM – I really like to work exploring different techniques and combining them. I could say painting is the medium with which I feel most comfortable because I studied it more than the others. It’s like a comfort zone. But it could happen, especially in this moment, where many changes are taking place, that is not enough. I mean sometimes it could be my main piece and sometimes just part of a process to realize something else.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
LM – I worked on some projects and they were born and developed around a specific theme but in general my approach is quite free. I get inspiration from life and the events that happen every day. I don’t believe that art should be always used as a denunciation or to express an opinion on everything. If I have favourite subjects? I work on abstraction, but human figures and the anatomy of the body are quite present in my works. I like to play with forms and with colours. I really like using bright colours as a way to balance the gloomy content that some works have on a deep level.

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up? 
LM – I could use the 3 words that I used the most currently to talk about my works.  #connection #ambiguity #forms                                                                                                                             

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
LM – I definitely like the way the subject has been treated. The use of different mediums has brought out a multifaceted perspective with different meanings even because the contest was multicultural and therefore many works were also ingrained with personal and cultural meanings. For what concerns the theme of the exhibition, the body is identity, is an essential aspect of the personality and it constantly interacts and transforms the space, creating this hybridization, this kind of metamorphosis. It is not a new concept, we deal with the same issues all the time, and what changes from time to time are the tools with which we do it.

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Image courtesy of Laura Mirarchi

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
LM – The theme of the exhibition is huge and complex. I mean, talking about identity trying to analyze the relationship between body and space taking into consideration the social, cultural and physical context it’s really ambitious. In my previous works, I have often talked about identity, in particular in my latest work, which is the one on display for Rome International Art Fair, I dealt with the theme of identity and how can we preserve our personal integrity in a time when we are overwhelmed by abuse of images and consumption and also in relation to the theme of personal memory and the transformation of it; who we are is always the result of what we have been. To put on highlights this concept I shot entirely the video close up using an alternation between black and white and colours in order to capture the details of the scene and the visual and emotional aspects.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LM – It’s an international showcase where your work is visible to a large audience so of course, it’s a good opportunity for an artist. It’s also an important moment because you get instant feedback on your work and even if they are not exactly positive they represent an important moment of growth. Every experience is precious!

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Image courtesy of Laura Mirarchi

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