Interview: Maria Vasquez

Interview: Maria VasquezImage courtesy of Maria Vasquez

Interview: Maria Vasquez

Luca Curci talks with Maria Vasquez at THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Misericordia Archives.

Maria Vasquez is a contemporary artist. She was born in Peru in 1973 and moved to the United Kingdom in 2005. She is a mother of two young children, Maximillian and Valentina, who she adores and the reason for her to stay in the UK after her divorce. She tooks Photography in 2004 at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale-Florida where she used to live. “I enjoyed learning Film Photography & developing my own images. I found spending hours in the dark room quite fascinating and exciting. After being proposed for marriage by Welsh partner, I took a break from my studies and moved to Wales, United Kingdom. I became a mother and after second child I went back to continue my studies in Photography; this time Digital. I was doing portraiture of my own children who were all the Beauty I found easy to capture; however after few projects on self portraiture and finding inspiration from few female artists such as Cindy Sherman and Frida Kahlo among others, I found myself more connected with myself and producing what I wanted to produce. Self portraiture is my connection to Freedom. My camera, my tripod, any source of light and myself, we are practically one” quotes Maria. Maria’s work has been exposed at The Parallax Art Exhibition in Chelsea/London on October 2014 and also exhibited at The Giles Gallery in Pontyclun, Wales on January 2015. Her work was represented by the prestigious 5 Pieces Online Gallery based in Switzerland. Also exhibited digitally in Paris at The Carrousel Du Louvre Art Fair directed by Paks Gallery. Currently being represented by EsArte Fine Art Gallery in Marbella, Spain.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Maria Vasquez – I am an artist born in Peru and living in the United Kingdom. I grew up surrounded by a close family and with strong family values. I left my home country when I was 20 years old and travelled abroad to explore the world or part of it. I was from a very young age curious and hungry for adventure. Life itself for me is the main experience that influences my work; specially life as a woman.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
MV – Self portraiture is what I do; therefore I’m the main subject I’m constantly exploring and working on or more like sharing with the world. Photography speaks for me and in certain occasions shouts out loud certain aspects that conventionalism wouldn’t.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MV – I wouldn’t say my style has changed over the years. It has evolved instead. Through my images I have been able to depict the various sides of a woman. Even though is me in all the images; I do represent the strength and vulnerability of the human female. Composition is important in order to transmit one or more emotions and lighting has always played an important role on my work to achieve this style. I pretty much play with light from different sources.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MV – I find myself most inspired when living a romance, or when starting or ending a connection. My mind gets triggered and I find the need to play with my camera to let go of what I carry inside me without giving it all away fully. I also feel inspired by fashion design, interiors design and everything that I find interesting or appealing. I play with various ideas to either express or create strong images that transmit strong emotions.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MV – The art themes I do pursue would be related to Feminism, womanhood and freedom. I’m my own favorite subject as I know myself better and I’m the most comfortable subject to be with. Having said that, I am open to shoot men and women in the future through either collaboration or commission.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MV – The 3 pieces of mine that are still in Venice at The Body Language Exhibition fit the theme almost literally. You could practically say that any of my self portraits in the last 7 years; would have been related to the theme The Body Language. My work is all about using my own body to express myself.

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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MV – Working with Itsliquid group was something I was very intrigued about. I always enjoy meeting and working with new people. You always find and learn new things.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MV – I would suggest new artists to collaborate with Itsliquid if wanting to connect with more artists internationally for sure. I’ve met wonderful people thanks to The Body Language. I think Itsliquid has great taste at selecting their venues and it has a supportive team.

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