Interview: Maria Tabet

Interview: Maria Tabet

Interviews | December 3, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Maria Tabet

Interview: Maria Tabet
Luca Curci
talks with Maria Tabet during the 13th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

My work has always been a study of the human experience and how consciousness projects itself in our realities. It dives into topics we aim to distract ourselves from during the day, but we all face them when the absurdities of society fall pale in comparison to the genuine experiences of life. I tend to use vivid colors on purpose to promote the distraction we aim to create constantly but all the subjects after the first glance are real emotions faced by every individual in moments of silence and contemplation.

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Image courtesy of Maria Tabet

Luca Curci- What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Maria Tabet –
All of society triggers me to paint. My anxiety triggers me to paint. The fact that my time is limited and I need to make use of it. The thoughts that are constantly inside my brain and needing a visual let out.

LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
MT –
I have a deep respect for a huge number of artists but if I had to name one, it would be artist Michael Kvium. I got introduced to him through my University years when professors told me I work in a similar concept as he does. Of course, the technique is widely different, his is more academic. But I remember how much I liked that there is an artist who shares some of my views and is expressing them so beautifully although the topics are heavy and sometimes morbid.

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LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
MT –
I usually sketch out several trials before deciding on a piece, I tend to change my mind a lot as to what I want the result to be like. But no matter how much I plan for it, throughout the process some things change and happen without my planning and they fit together better.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
MT –
Yes, I would say all of life requires constant expression, and art is the ideal platform. I do not care about the specific material, as long as my emotions and my mind have received a new thought to consider.

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LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MT –
Very neutral, I enjoy the process much more than I enjoy the result. What draws me in is the curiosity of how the idea is going to be visually translated, it is something exciting and strange to me. Although I like to see ideas come to life and take a form of their own, I rather enjoy the process much more.

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?
MT –
My work is always existential, it tackles all ideas that challenge and depict the act of being. It creates an absurd visual paradox in order to subtly tell the viewers that our consciousness is one of the biggest mysteries in this experience. Some thoughts may remain hidden for the sake of being able to live day-to-day life but in my work I would like to showcase them because society has created too many distractions for us that are messing with the experience. And I loved that this exhibition presented mixed identities as a subject to relate to hidden parts of the human consciousness which is the topic I heavily rely on.

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Image courtesy of Maria Tabet

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
MT –
This work is a part of a series called “What do you think of at night”, it speaks about all the thoughts we do not like to share because they might be too strange. But we are all in the same collective web together and more connected than we think.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MT –
Yes, very much, I have been following their exhibitions and events for a few years now and I feel their topics and representations really provide a strong space for artists to showcase their work.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MT –
Yes, you were very helpful and tried as much as possible to make the process smooth. I would have enjoyed being there in person but I still love that my work got to be exhibited even if I am not with it, it is in good hands.

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Image courtesy of Maria Tabet

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