Interview: Marco Metto
Luca Curci talks with Marco Metto during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Marco Metto grew up in a family of artists, so he approached the world of art as a child. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari in 1996 as a Set Designer. In those years he combines set design with painting. Then he starts the metaphysical painting of the Major Arcana series, which continues till today. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to restoration, dealing with canvases, wooden statues, and frescoes, for about 10 years. In 2001 he began the collaboration with the Studio Forme in Rome, which leads to deal with important orders such as the High Altar of Sant’Agnese in Agone Church in Navona Square; the restoration of the stained-glass windows of the Marcillat in Arezzo Cathedral; the stained glass windows of San Domenico Church in Perugia. This experience allows him to master the realization of stained glass with lead. Later, he started a laboratory in Monopoli dealing with restoration and stained-glass production. In that period, he dedicated himself to the creation of Artistic Collage and carrying on the set designer activity. In recent years till today, he has returned to the production of oil paint, acrylic and watercolour, drawing landscapes themes and themes about the universe of social media. Nowadays he exhibits around Europe.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Marco Metto – My artistic practise comes from my studies as a set designer, my landscapes are set designs through which I can reproduce what affects me of the outside world, that is lights and shadows… if I had studied anatomy I would probably draw portraits! As I walk, my gaze is attracted by lights and shadows and by the contrasts of the shadows themselves, so in a moment I see that image and there it comes to the artwork in which I describe moments of personal impressions. I am interested in portraying environments that can be enigmatic, always painting a silence through the use of lights and its contrasts, precisely the shadows. In my landscapes there are never people, they come out in other representations, for example with my pop-art productions of collages that represent the appearance of society. Through the series “Selfies” also comes out a representation of society based on the ephemeral, taken from the bombardment of sexual images. The series of the Arcana, on the other hand, is an intimate transposition of a personal situation, of a thought that can be surrealist and metaphysical and therefore not realistic. It puts out personal impressions due to introspective moments.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
MM – There are multiple thoughts while I paint, I let my mind flow without focusing on specific ideas, I try to concentrate on what I want to represent. I have a few habits while I work: listen to music, drink a shot.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MM – My artworks concerns on few specific themes: landscapes are always shadows and light games which describe moments of personal impressions, the other specific theme is about the female body and the Arcana theme tells my life in symbolic allegories, surreal and metaphoric thoughts as representations of emotions, concepts, situations.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MM – Being an artist allows you to carve out a corner for yourself, a moment of expression freedom this is the moment in which I’m free to do what I want, none can tell me what to do when I’m painting. Nowadays it is easier to get in touch with other artists with fairs and using the internet it is the easiest way to connect to Art Lovers. Meanwhile, I’ll stay in my laboratory concentrating on my Artworks.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MM – Sometimes I’m really satisfied with my completed works, but some others not. It depends on what I expect to receive from the work itself. Anyway, every time is a challenge for me to find new ways to draw and to continue doing art.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MM – “Stone Guest” is a painting done many years ago and it represents the feeling of not communicating with the person I was living with. “Chimneys Landscape” is about contrasts between the leaden sky and the pink building. These are the contrast of lights and colours that I’m interested in.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MM – I feel this theme is appropriate to my painting. It’s just about man and society, I like that vision because they focus on the different aspects of society and life and this is very close to the objective of my painting.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MM – Cooperating was very stimulating, I think this is a good working organization.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
MM – It’s a great organization, it was good to collaborate with it, I feel comfortable working with it.