Interview: Maria Evseeva
Luca Curci talks with Maria Evseeva during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021 – 3RD EDITION, at Valid World Hall Gallery, during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 8TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Maria Evseeva, amateur. Was born in 1967 in Moscow, Russia graduated from the University of the Russian Academy of Education, URAO, Faculty of Economics and Business. In 2001 she moved to live in Barcelona. The desire to paint appeared in childhood, but she was able to realize it only in Barcelona when in 2008 she went to painting courses at the Da Vinci school of art. In 2012 she took lessons in sumie – e. In 2012 and 2013 she took lessons in drawing on silk. From 2014 to 2017 private lessons with Adriana Streijer, an artist and costume designer from Argentina. From 2013 to the present she studies at the El Visor School of Arts. From 2020 she began to participate in exhibitions.
“I was 10 years old when I started drawing and my wish was to study in some studio. It was in Moscow, in 1977. Unfortunately, this did not happen and I forgot about this thought. My work was not related to art. Much later I moved to live in Barcelona and continued working in the same professional area as in Moscow. One idea constantly was coming to my mind – I would like to try to draw a picture and master a musical instrument. But nevertheless, nothing new was happening in my life until suddenly I realized that I could no longer postpone my desires for the future. I have found drawing courses in Barcelona and started my study. I was coming home late at night after school, very tired – but I was incredibly happy”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Maria Evseeva – The door, behind which there is a road to an unknown world, where you can create whatever you want.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
ME – I started taking art courses in Barcelona in 2008, but everything changed in 2020, when, after meditating with Katakamuna, held by my maestro Champaka in Japan, I began to look for images in my subconscious.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
ME – Meditation which was made by distance by my maestro of Ito Thermie (Japanese therapy) Champaka San. It is a very long story and it is difficult to explain in some words but during this meditation and after that many strange things happened in my life and in my art.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
ME – What interests me most is the energy that flows through us. How we use it depends on the state of our soul, our consciousness.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
ME – Of course, over the years everything changed and my style too, although I am still in search of my style and probably it will always be. More and more I like to turn off my consciousness when I paint, turn off my mind and give my subconscious the opportunity to create.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
ME – When I look at my work and feel absolute happiness and satisfaction, I know that there is nothing more to add – the work is finished.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ME – For example, after meditating I draw on a piece of paper the first thing that the subconscious gives out. The next step is to give the color with watercolor pencils. After using the same theme, I can make the drawing with pastel and dry pigment. And finally, I worked it out with acrylic on canvas.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
ME – The final stage of work when I work with pastels, this might be the last line drawn with black charcoal. The line should be strong and clear as the future of the drawing depends on it. Whether it is destined to live or not. And in watercolor technique, for example, this is a sketch of the background, where absolutely incredible images can appear.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ME – Of course, and I am very grateful that I have such an opportunity.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ME – Undoubtedly.