Interview: Lucely Vargas Preciado
Luca Curci talks with Lucely Vargas Preciado during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives, and during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“A flight and a permanent journey, in a continuous movement towards the sea, up to the sky, through the Alps, in the green, near the lakes, full of joy, under the sun with joy, with the wind, with peace, a path of perfect life… Total freedom and a living soul, these are the prerogatives of the artist, who creates and paints with a harmonious compositional style, in pastel colors, spontaneous themes to give his paintings beauty and natural light”. Lucely Vargas is an Industrial Engineer, MSc. in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. in Corporate Finance, a creative woman, passionate about life and nature. Her artistic background also includes technics on painting in acrylic, oil and watercolor, and drawing techniques at the VHS Volkshochschule, in Vienna, and at the RUFA-University of Fine Arts in Rome, as well as sculpture courses at Casa Tafur, Bogotà. She has been participating in different exhibitions. Individual exhibition: “Imperial Angels and Nature: Spiritual Connections, a life inspiration” with 30 paintings at Hermetika, September 2021, Trieste, Italy. Collective exhibitions: “Velenelvento” at Hermetika, October 2021, Trieste, Italy; collective exhibition – Sculpture-Alicia Tafur – November 2000, Bogotá, Colombia. Photography collective exhibition: “Fermoimmagine” at Hermetika, November 2021, Trieste. Currently, she is participating in the collective exhibition Contemporary Venice 2021 – 9th edition, at Misericordia Archives, with ITSLIQUID.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lucely Vargas Preciado – For me, art is the way to express culture, to express an experience, a magical moment, that has moved us internally, a method to communicate an emotion, a dream, a thought, feelings, a manner to show a characteristic of an Era and Time in a creative and harmonious style, through forms, through of colors, textures that convey something deep or shallow or.. but that convey something.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint?
LVP – While I’m painting, I think that this new work will be a great creation. During the process, I also think that this painting is a part of me, that represents my emotions, my interpretation of the world, my dreams.
LC – Do you have any habits or rituals while you work? – How is your creative process?
LVP – Yes, normally during the day I paint outside, with fresh air, even though it is a rainy or sunny or windy day. But when I paint at home, for example at night, I listen to music (relaxing one). I like to feel in a good atmosphere. Then, I light a candle and a cauldron with a flavoring fragrance. I must have a lot of light; I use several lamps. I plan my painting before I start. I select the colors in my palette. I begin to paint in an abstract and spontaneous way with mixed colors. Quietly, I let myself be carried away by my feelings and I paint and paint… From time to time I feel the need in a rational way to ask if I’m doing well and what does it missing to get ready.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
LVP – Normally, I like to paint nature, oceans, lakes, woods, sunsets, skies and animals; a sensation of a world without real humans.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
LVP – Proud and satisfied with my work, because I have put my heart and the best attitude to do it.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
LVP – First, I would like to thank ITSLIQUID Group for this marvelous event, very well organized. The theme of the exhibition was very interesting to me, particularly the part of the ‘Futures Landscapes’, which makes me think about the need of acting more sustainable, to be very conscious that our actions have a real impact on the environment in which we operated and we need to be responsible and contribute to preserving the resources for future generations. Of course, we can use them without compromising the part of the generations that come after. For that reason, throughout my painting titled “Freedom, Brightness in Blue” I try to send a message about sustainability in an abstract way, a concept of being sustainable.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
LVP – I think that it is very well connected in the way my concept in the painting is presented. As I explain in my presentation, I developed this concept in an abstract way titling it “Freedom, Brightness in Blue”, with which I want to transmit a message of sustainability, a design of concept in blue, silver and gold. In the painting, blue represents the new color of sustainability, which brings a message of responsible actions. A new green-blue in different areas and topics regarding climate change, the affected oceans, in general, nature, the atmospheric layers. The design of the brightness, the gold and silver colors with abstract designs, represents the legislations and actors. Gold rules normally are norms of conduct, for example, regulation about recycling, gas emission, etc. This brings the framework to responsible actions for Silvers Actors in 3 different levels: (1) The first level is the individual level, citizens of nations, (2) the level two are corporations-regions, and (3) the third level are Governments. After regulation, there is certain freedom (represented in dark blue), those are actions going behind of regulations and those are our voluntary initiatives to contribute to improved society and environment. In some ways, my work represents the interaction of these elements and shows two tendencies: (1) Chaos when there are no responsible actions, and (2) a fluent movement when there is the opposite, and we act with responsibility.