Interview: Marciana Biasello
Luca Curci talks with Marciana Biasello during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Marciana Biasiello is a contemporary artist living in the United States. Her work has been exhibited and collected extensively. She works consistently, exhibits actively and develops ongoing relationships with her collectors. The reach of her work is widening. She believes that living with images, literature, and music, and telling each other stories, makes life rich and hopes that living with her pieces brings enduring joy. She has always been moved by story. We tell them out loud to each other, and silently to ourselves, sometimes without realizing it. Narratives connect the subtle, revealing and creating meaning. The branch, the chair, the adored, the longing, the projection, the connection. Words move us. And, images do as well, hopefully not just the instant and disposable. Her paintings are nuanced moments from larger stories. She sees these images as depicting pivotal moments. What happens before, after and even during the moment of the scene being depicted is open with possibility. She sees the frame as drawing a line around an otherwise normal environment and an otherwise uneventful moment. By constraining the space and loading it with extremes, a next step seems inevitable. But a next step from choice, not restriction and constraint. Interactions between him and her, him and the past, her and the future, etc., all overlay the present moment to make any next move possible. No one knows what each figure in these paintings will do next. We are all fluid and unpredictable in each other’s lives, and even in our own.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Marciana Biasello – Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1957. I have a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, and taught Fine Art at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have received grants for both visual work as well as a collaborative opera, “The Martha.” And, I am an award winning Minted artist with prints available on Minted.com. My work has been exhibited widely and is included in private collections in the US and Canada
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MB – A few years ago a friend started a gallery in Chicago and invited me to be a founding participant. His reaching into my life with that support was an absolute game changer and I will always be grateful to him. I have since been enjoying the most consistent and immersive career path of my life. I am enormously delighted and satisfied with living life through creating images.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
MB – I have always been moved by story. We tell them out loud to each other, and silently to ourselves, sometimes without realizing it. Narratives connect the subtle, revealing and creating meaning. The branch, the chair, the adored, the longing, the projection, the connection. Words move us. And, images do as well, hopefully not just the instant and disposable. My paintings are stories. I see these images as depicting pivotal moments. What happens before, after and even during the moment of the scene being depicted is open with possibility.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
MB – The artist, like the musician, the novelist, the actor, the composer, the poet, the director…and so on…creates portals to a perspective that can be so much more imaginative and engaging than the daily world we are called to function in.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MB – I see these pictures as visual narratives/talismans/love poems. Finding relationships amongst the elements is like writing a poem with phrases, rhythm, meter, and even dangling modifiers. My process seems to follow steps. One: inspiration: fashion, music, gesture. Two: composition. Three: sketching onto the surface. Four: selecting a limited color pallet. Five: first layer of painting to define forms. Six: dress-up of the figures. Seven: look for relationships between elements, tension, release, constraints and interactions. Eight: layer of intensity to create an overall continuity.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MB – The world is more connected and events across the globe affect us individually. At the same time, we are affected by individuals’ choices and contributions. I am in love with seeing artists’ work from around the world on a daily basis. It opens my mind and spirit. This same potential for my work to be experienced gives me great motivation and delight.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
MB – The festival’s theme “relationship between body and space” is fascinating. For me, I try to present space in the paintings that offers a different logic than the rooms we walk around in and know what to expect. I want to offer a moment where someone can take pause and feel exhilarated. I hope when someone lives with a painting of mine, they may come home, drop their keys on the table and feel excited by it. And that they have dinner guests with swelling conversation and the painting I sat with many a night joins them on the wall, spirited and lively!
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MB – The painting “Purple Summer” depicts an interaction between two persons who may be from very different cultures, as suggested by their highly stylized costumes. Larger than life butterflies surround the woman as she extends her finger, perhaps to touch the man’s face. The space between their bodies is charged with energy and anticipation. The space they inhabit is far from realistic and open with possibility.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MB – I am delighted to be included in this event that gathers artists form around the world. The Instagram feed makes it available as it happens and is a wonderful connection to view and share.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MB – ITSLIQUID GROUP has been gracious and immediately responsive through out the process. This has already been a wonderful opportunity opening doors for me with potential collectors. Personally, as an American artist, it is a great joy to have work in Venice, the home of my mother’s family, where they now have the opportunity to see my work in person.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MB – It would be wonderful to be able to download the videos posted on Instagram to share to one’s feed and artist website. Thank you for asking.