Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio

Interviews | February 27, 2019 |

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Luca Curci talks with Lotta-Pia Kallio during SPACES, third appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 at PALAZZO CA’ ZANARDI.

Born in 1969 Rauma, Finland. An artisan and Master of Education. Graduated art teacher from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2001. Currently works as an artist and visual arts lecturer in Salo, Finland. Has held several private exhibitions and participated regulary in both domestic and foreign group exhibitions since 1996. Works are in collections of art museums and private collections. Works with textile, photographs and video. Making art of used objects, reassembling pieces into new stories and realities. Her videoworks touch the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk, she don’t work with big productions. Usually she makes all visual elements of the video herself: paintbrushes, clothes, masks. ect. Each element works also independent as artworks.

         

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

          

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lotta-Pia Kallio – For me Art is a way to understand the world and it’s phenomens. I am interested in small stories and traces left by different events.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
LPK – I have first studied textile, design and education. I used video first when I documented my textiles. I was fachinated the feeling of manipulating time with editing. My favourite materials and media are textile, photographs and video. I also make art of used objects, reassembling pieces into new stories and realities. My works often reflect the past: I try to catch the time passing by, understand the events around me, rewind and play in slow motion. As an artist and a teacher I love to examine things deeply. I like to know all I can find about the phenomen I am working with. It could be the history of ink, or mythology of death or sacred trees. My videoworks touch the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk, I don’t work with big productions. Usually make all elements of the video myself: Paintbrushes, clothes, masks. ect. Each element works also independent as artworks. I always want to work alone with actress and edits videos myself. Then I can work with my idea and let it develop in peace.

          

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

           

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
LPK – I think artist sees and hears these quiet and small “emerging isuues” in the society. Contemporary art often makes these issues visible. It may irritate society, if it is not ready to face those signals. Artist brings in light things that we otherwise may miss. Art also can speak about things that the society finds difficult to discuss.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
LPK – All around me, it can be a personal feeling and experience or found ephemera, document, theory or interesting discussion, book or film. When I think about the idea, I want to find as much information as possible about this theme, reading non-fiction and fiction, looking for pictures and getting to know the materials. A small part of the background work eventually ends up in the work. I want to get deep into my subject so that the finished work is more than a visually interesting surface.

          

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

             

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LPK – Finding time to process my ideas and testing them long enough. I thing the hardest thing is to start. After that, when my vision is clear, things usually evolve quite easily. For video, don’t write a script, I focuse on a visual idea. The filming is usually fast process for a day or two. Digital editing of the footage takes time, sometimes several months. The aim is to avoid documenting expression and to strive for a picturesque movement in the moving image.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
LPK – I like the idea of Spaces being abstract, infinite and conceptual. It gives a space to artistic freedom, and a platfort to see many different way how to explore that freedom.

        

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

             

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
LPK – My video’s Wasure-Gai, Onnade Calligraphy and Okashi combines calligraph’s visuality and spirituality to body movements and landscape. These videos are about longing and searching own way in different ages. Each dancer has her own temperament and movements as they improvise their dance with ink in landscape. Landscapes in my video’s are not urban, but very familiar and important to me as a Finn. It is, in some way, based on my living environment, recreation and shared cultural view of being a Finn.

          

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

            

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LPK – I think this is a very interesting and inspiring way to explore contemporary art and get to know new artist around the world.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
LPK – Your service has been very good. Everything worked fine and without any problem.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LPK – Yes, thank you for inviting me!

           

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

Interview: Lotta-Pia Kallio
Image courtesy of Lotta-Pia Kallio

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