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INTERVIEW: MARIA JOÃO GONÇALVES

Interviews | June 25, 2022 |

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Interview: Maria João Gonçalves
Luca Curci
talks with Maria João Gonçalves during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022 at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.

I’m Maria João… I’m from the wonderful Madeira Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Portugal, where I’ve been doing all my walking until today. I have a degree in Nursing and in 2011 I completed the Post-Graduation in Art-Therapy. With an academic background in the health area, I maintained, although dormant, my great passion for the arts for many years. Since I was little, art has always been present in my life. From ballet to the piano, through painting, dancing, singing, photography, graphic design, and other artistic variants, art has always been my inseparable companion, although it never played the main role. In mid-June 2006, while watching a television program, I discovered another art form: modeling sugar. Since then, I realized with great clarity that the time was coming to follow (once again) my heart and a path that would bring me more happiness and more professional fulfillment, thus embracing this great passion for the arts, body, and soul! Over the years, I have clearly realized that this path is part of my life mission. Everything I do is with soul, with Love, in each artistic project I dedicate a lot of myself and I firmly believe that only in this way can we make a difference in the lives of those who pass by us.

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I am currently an artist with experience in several artistic areas, I dedicate myself a lot to painting and graphic arts, and I’m also a Cake Artist with more than 16 years of experience in this area, with national and international impact. My work was on the cover of the prestigious American magazine Cake Central Magazine (August, 2016) and has been featured in some recognized magazines (national and international) in the area, as well as in other media. In October 2017, I was a guest speaker at the first TEDx Talks in Funchal, Madeira Island. From 2016 to 2019 I was also part of the panel of speakers at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of the International Congress of Artistic Confectionery. Dreams continue to be many and the journey continues towards realizing them! I continue the path where my heart and soul take me.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Maria João
Gonçalves In my way of feeling, Art is one of the most sublime forms of expression of human emotions. It’s the most appealing and creative way to give someone’s gift to someone. It is with it that we express joy, sadness, enthusiasm, melancholy, experiences, the marks of life… a range of emotions that pass through each artistic act we do with our hands or with the expression of our body. It’s one of the most beautiful ways there is to touch, transform and expand lives, I would say, for the better. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “In art, the hand can never perform anything higher than the heart can imagine.”

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LC – What are you currently working on?
MJG –
I divide my time between creating, painting, and expressing my emotions through art, as well as being part of my husband’s professional project, who is a Success Mindset Mentor.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MJG –
Yes, I generally try to make each of my creations express affirmations and emotions that develop the human being, that expand him on his journey, that make him wake up, that show him that it is possible, that give him hope, that leads him to believe in himself and his abilities. In addition to the focus on personal and human development, I also have creations that focus on elements of Nature, which is something that I’m also passionate about or I wouldn’t be a “daughter” of one of the most beautiful islands in Europe and the World, Madeira Island.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MJG –
I feel that it continues to be a challenging profession in the sense of bringing original Art to the home and to the different spaces of each person or group, making them see the real value that each creation has and that they can bring to themselves. In addition, which I still feel is the challenging part of this profession, being an artist is being free to live life on our own terms, with the joy and enthusiasm of doing what we love most, passing that high vibration energy to the world.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MJG –
Unfortunately I couldn’t be physically present at the event and exhibition, so I didn’t have the opportunity to be directly connected with the visitors. However, I have no doubt that they would be enriching moments and suggestions for me and my art.

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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?
MJG –
The message linked to my artwork present in this event is that Love is at the base and is the answer to any moment or situation that may occur in our life, either because if on one hand, in a positive situation it is inevitably present or, on the other hand, in a negative situation it will always be missed and will always be the way to resolve it. Here is the text I wrote, in a heartfelt way, about my creation: The Answer is Always Love. No matter how many turns the world takes, its essence will always be Love. Its absence destroys lives, relationships, paths, and dreams. In the midst of disagreement, what is missing is Love. In the midst of two beings who love each other, but who clash at different angles, the answer will always be Love. In the midst of two beings who do not recognize each other due to their physical differences, the answer will always be Love. In the midst of a war, whatever its etiology, what is missing is Love. Faced with a path full of doubts, the answer is always Love. When you doubt yourself, the answer is always Love. When you have a lot of dreams, but an atrocious fear to make them come true, the answer is always Love. When you want to give your best to someone, it will always be your Love. The lack of Love reveals itself in every moment of discord, war, aggression, disagreements, fights, lack of self-esteem, lack of self-confidence… At the same time, the answer to all these problems is the need to put Love at the base of everything we do. Above all, Love for yourself and, soon after, for the World around you. It always starts with you. My work is linked to the theme of the exhibition Anima Mundi – Visions, insofar as Love is the essence of life and will always be the most sublime way of connecting all living entities on the planet, highlighting the connection between human beings, whose base will always be Love.

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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?
MJG –
The work presented pre-existed this event, however, it fitted very well with the theme of the Anima Mundi – Visions exhibition.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
MJG –
Since the first contact, I know that, during the last 20 years, ITSLIQUID Group has become a cultural hub between creatives, exhibition spaces and art lovers. Among their international partners, ITSLIQUID Group supports some of the most important no-profit organizations, with the goal of increasing public awareness about environmental issues.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MJG –
Yes, I would recommend it. I consider your services to be very professional, organized, available, and safe.

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