Interview: Maria Chrisoulakis

Interview: Maria ChrisoulakisImage courtesy of Maria Chrisoulakis

Interview: Maria Chrisoulakis

Luca Curci talks with Maria Chrisoulakis during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Maria Chrisoulakis is a 21 years old self-taught Tasmanian artist who specialises in portraiture and figurative pieces using a combination of graphite and charcoal as her medium. At the age of 21 Maria has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and has had three international exhibitions in Canada, New York and Italy. She draws her creativity and inspiration from people as she loves how versatile the human figure is regarding its capability of portraying many diverse representations. Maria creates art purely because she holds a deep passion and love for it, it is her own therapeutic expression of an experience or emotion.

          

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Maria Chrisoulakis – Art is not what you see but what you make others see. Through visual art as the artist you have the ability to open another person’s eyes, to take them on a journey with you. I create art purely because I hold a deep passion and love for it, it is my own therapeutic expression of an experience or emotion. Being able to touch others through the artwork I’ve created is an added bonus. I believe raw art arises from a personal and deeper side of the artist, but whether people like it or not doesn’t phase me. At the end of the day “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MC – I am a self-taught Greek/Australian visual artist living in Hobart, Tasmania. In May 2018 I had my first international exhibition in Toronto, Canada where I was surrounded by amazing creativity and people, it was an overwhelmingly beautiful experience where I learnt not to be afraid and it really was such an eye opener. In July this year, I received an invitation to exhibit in New York City upon reading the email I was filled with so much joy it was too much for me to handle I went and vomited from excitement. New York had always been a dream of mine and I was so incredibly humbled to be apart of Clio Art Fair, NYC, amongst a truly beautiful talented group of artists. It was an exhilarating experience definitely one of the best highlights in my career. I feel very privileged to have met and to have had many elevating conversations with so many remarkable artists along the way. It is great the connection creative minds share. You know something is a passion when you dedicate infinite hours of your life to do it without getting bored. My passion is and always has been creating art and I simply can’t picture my life without it. I believe it is of great importance to do what you love and love what you do. I have the courage and conviction to follow my passion and am very committed to doing my very best with every project I embark on. I know focus and hard work is key and from that goals will be achieved. I’m always grateful, it is a real privilege to get to do what you love for a living, my recent travels have inspired and motivated me more than ever.

                                       

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MC – When first starting a piece, I find the early stages of outlining all facial and bodyscape proportions to be quite daunting, but I always have faith in the process. I know the beginnings of a piece are very basic and once shading, layers and blending proceed it then becomes relieving because you can see the artwork coming together. Drawing hair is one of my biggest procrastinations, I have many unfinished hairless portraits laying around in my studio.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MC – I have always drawn my creativity and inspiration from people as I love how versatile the human figure is in regard to its capability of portraying many diverse representations. For example, the study can involve an appreciation of body shape such as postures and movements. As well as, body language; for example, gestures, facial expressions and eye movements. In my eyes our body is art and every bodyscape is beautifully unique and that is something which we as a society should embrace positively. I believe portraits have a number of functions that stretch further than fine execution to create a resemblance and a realistic representation of an individual. They have the power to remember a person at their most manifest moment as well as depicting raw and honest emotion.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MC – Yes, the festivals theme of Identities was a great topic of focus as it allows open for many culturally different interpretations, seeing as though Contemporary Venice is an international art show it displayed various creations of lifestyles and ultimately personal identities.

                                           

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LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MC – My two pieces Wait and Isolated reflected raw and honest emotion of two individuals. Both artworks portrayed mood, one perhaps making the viewer see and feel disconnected, alone and emotionally fragile. Whereas the other gives the impression of being content, elegant and patient.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MC – It is a fantastic collaboration and connection of diverse artists from various countries around the world. ITSLIQUID displayed professional and effective communication and my artworks were handled with care and respect.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MC – Absolutely any exposure generated is subject to new opportunities being presented. ITSLIQUID provides opportunity in exhibiting, recognition, respect and value of each artist involved.

                                 

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