Interview: Maria Stamati
Luca Curci talks with Maria Stamati during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice and during MIXING IDENTITIES, third appointment of CANVAS ART FAIR, in London.
“I am interested in expressing myself artistically into the innerness of people, the relationships between them and the true events, working daily on meanings, thoughts and concerns. I believe that art research can infiltrate deeper fields and the art language can express fields beyond words. Τhis portraiture research gives us the opportunity of more ascertainments, awareness of interaction, protest, admittance, extended processing and meaningful conversation. I am also interested in our attitude towards the environment as also the position of women in society and at times I have presented works on these subjects”.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Maria Stamati – Searching through many styles of artistic expressions, I found out a way that brought me to this point. Painting, which at first was representational, became more inner and I was continuously searching for more items or ways of making the image clearer in analysis and depiction of the idea as also the self-examination that was leading me to seek and explore materials and ways of expression.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
MS – When I work, I am totally dedicated to my thoughts around my concerns that led me to create the artwork. I usually write down these thoughts and cast about the artistic depiction. It is like a role. I have to be concentrated as long as it is the only way the meaning and the sense can be depicted.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MS – A contemporary artist works every day even in the studio or anywhere else and worries about agonizing or expressing everything that happens to concurrent people and his reality. He won’t try to convince anyone of anything. He testifies his personal point of view and concerns for himself through his work; the environment; the society; for a lot of matters that arise each day and wishes of sharing his concerns with other people or his artworks to be the reason even the smallest self-examination.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
MS – Each time I work with something specific; whatever I know or want to explore. My work is a way to explore the further borders of a matter. Even as paintings or as actions (videos; installations etc) every artwork is a quest as also an ascertainment (even limited).
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MS – Despite my worry, if my effort was enough when I decide that my artwork is complete I feel relief and fullness that lasts for a short time… until I start work with my next work and its adventure.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MS – I agree and this is why I take part in it.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MS – The four artworks of the exhibition with the title “Introspective and Action” are looking at the need for introspection; how much alive and emerge is the way and perhaps conversations and relations are created like branches which define and form ourselves and our environment. It is the net which our existence and will are based on when we want to decide the course of facts (at least most of the time).
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MS – The event is perfect in every way from the presentation level to the wonderful collaboration. The other actions that accompany the exhibition are important even if there are problems caused by the covid.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MS – I have already expressed my opinion to my colleagues who asked me about our collaboration and I encourage them to.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MS – I believe that the work of ITSLIQUID GROUP gives us the opportunity to present our work to serious exhibitions, important Art Spaces having a reliable event as also support.