Interview: Mar Enríquez
Luca Curci talks with Mar Enríquez, during the 10th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
My name is Mar Enríquez, I was born and have lived in Madrid for a long time, I studied Plastic Arts with a specialty in Illustration and Graphic Design, my first jobs were in the publishing world and in advertising agencies, until one day fate interfered on my path and teaching became the common thread that has guided my steps and that led me to create, together with my daughters, the space for art Mar de Color. My style has been changing over the years, I consider myself a versatile artist in continuous evolution, I like to question the world and that nonconformity is found in my work. Everything that surrounds me influences me, sometimes in a more conscious way and other times more emotionally.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Mar Enríquez – I am currently on a project titled “El color del silencio” (the color of silence), which the title of my next solo exhibit. In the beginning it was going to be titled “Siempre estoy entre el Cielo y el mar” (I am always between the sky and the sea), between that thin line that separates them, in what we don’t see but do feel, and in that contemplation of the invisible I found silence, maybe like quest (OR SEARCH) or internal need, far away from the cities that we inhabit.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
ME – I am currently on a project titled “El color del silencio” (the color of silence), which the title of my next solo exhibit. In the beginning it was going to be titled “Siempre estoy entre el Cielo y el mar” (I am always between the sky and the sea), between that thin line that separates them, in what we don’t see but do feel, and in that contemplation of the invisible I found silence, maybe like quest (OR SEARCH) or internal need, far away from the cities that we inhabit. “To look and to feel, to paint in silence, to dream, always to dream” When I paint, everything around me is calm, only the present exists, I let the colors guide me and the unexpected flow. My habits are very specific, I like to paint preferably at night, lay out the cloth on the floor, listen to music while I paint, and then everything is set to begin to create.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
ME – For me painting is like breathing, the very act of painting already makes me happy, but it’s true that when I see my work finished, I feel great satisfaction and I feel fortunate to have chosen the path of art to express what I feel and what I would like to change in the world.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
ME – Of course, observing others when they contemplate your work, and listening to what they feel, is always enriching and makes us grow as people and artists.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
ME – Definitely, my style has changed and changes, I like to question the world, and in that lack of conformity is where my work lies. Everything around me influences me, sometimes more consciously and sometimes more emotionally. When I was younger, I observed the world closely and I needed to reflect it in my work just as I saw it, afterwords I only needed a few brush strokes to capture the essential. With confinement, my work gave an unexpected turn and the color black appeared on my palette and marked the rhythm of my work, reaching abstraction. However, in my last work, it has taken me to the invisible, to silence.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
ME – I like the concept of the exhibit very much, as the place we inhabit influences us our relationship with others, as everything around us it is connected, and how it influences each one of us, in our relationship with nature and the scenery that we inhabit. Inspiration comes from this observation and that gaze, not losing our savage nature and ourt connection with the world around us.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
ME – I think the connection is how we want the future to be, a fantasy world where we can live in harmony with nature, where there are no borders, and we can all be free. Or, a grey world, full of uncertainty and fear.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
ME – Perhaps the message is how, through art, we communicate with the world, and we connect with our own nature, what we dream, live, and feel.
A wonderful world where we are able to be happy.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
ME – I like the ITSLIQUID platform a lot, and the concepts they propose are truly interesting, always proposed from a gaze of hope and optimism, I think art needs to be a point of union and reflection, and through it we need to try to make the world a better place.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
ME – They are very well-organized events, with great visibility to reach everybody and incredible spaces to develop them.