Interview: Maria Goretti Bello Serans
Luca Curci talks with Maria Goretti Bello Serans during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“I have been designing across different mediums for over 40 years. From furniture design to immersive spatial design using interactive technology, although always painting working with color and symbols in my paintings, to trigger the senses. Nearly 60, after 40 years I have finally been able to set up my studio, where I can exhibit and share my creativity and create custom stained-glass pieces. The intent is to work with architects, design spaces incorporating stained-glass as a feature (windows and interiors) and through these instill the environments with light and color. I use color therapy, symbols, and numbers in my paintings and stained glass. The colors and textures of glass chosen are an alchemy of color with the intent of creating a space where one can find peace and harmony in their surroundings. Originally born in Sydney, Australia, I have moved back to the land of my parents/ancestors in Santa Uxia de Ribeira, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. I have taken the leap of faith to follow my passion and vision to create beautiful environments to experience a sense of peace, beauty, and oneness.”
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Maria Goretti Bello Serans – I have been designing and painting for over 40 years, and have worked professionally as a furniture designer and senior product manager in the delivery of innovative technological solutions (interactive environments, enterprise platforms, mobile applications). Colour and sacred geometry have been the key influences in the style of art I create and moving into the stained glass was a natural progression as my oil paintings have been created as a visual reference to replicate the stained-glass pieces I am now creating.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
MG – Currently I am continuing to replicate the paintings into stained-glass and am working on Dancer Joy and a Celtic Mandala called God’s prayer. I am also doing some commissioned pieces for a client, a design she provided me with which I then modified to suit the colors, textures, and style of stained glass I am creating for her.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MG – Working with stained glass is laborious as you are hand cutting each piece individually and then joining each piece with lead and completing the process which takes time and concentration. However, each step is meditative in its process, and seeing it come together from a painting or design to a textured and colour rich work of art is inspirational. Time is the greatest challenge but you find it.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MG – I fall in love with each piece I create. It’s like giving birth to an art piece that you hope will trigger the same positive sensations you experience at each step of its creation.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
MG – The work presented was pre-existing but seemed to fall perfectly into the theme of the exhibition, hence the reason for presenting these. I was also looking for a platform that would highlight my work as art to an international audience, as stained glass is usually viewed as an addition to a door, window, etc in a space, which my work can also be, however, they can be hung and placed anywhere within a room where light can pass through them and create the ultimate effect of all the colors blended in their shades cascading through into space and changing as the light of the day changes.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MG – I love your vision of art and all the artists that exhibited had something truly special in their works and the reasons behind their creations. The theme was represented beautifully with such an incredible disparity of styles and visual communications in their different formats that you selected for the exhibition.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MG – Considering the times we have been facing the restrictions due to Covid 19, I believe you have all done the best you can to represent the artwork and artists to a local and global audience helping promote and sell their work. In the end, artists need to sell in order to continue creating.
LC- Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MG – I think ItsLiquid Group presents an incredible opportunity for artists, you have an incredible platform and network. Artists are time poor (and shy) to market their work and reach audiences the way your group does. Sometimes all we need is one person to believe in what we are creating to help us move forward to continue our personal visions, and in this case, ITSLIQUID was that one person that believed in me and loved my work, saw the point of difference in what I create and why I create it. The opportunity presented to me at the start of my career was magical, I felt like the universe had opened a door for me to step through and ITSLIQUID was the home that I was stepping into.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MG – I loved cooperating with you and hope to continue to do so in other locations where you exhibit artwork.