Interview: Marica Romano
Luca Curci talks with Marica Romano during THE EXTENDED BODY 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Civil engineer living in Rome, Maria Carmela Romano (Marica) is passionate and art addicted as a mean to express and communicate emotions. Since 2008, she has been attending painting courses at the Materats Rome school of art, in Rome, experimenting with various techniques, mainly oil and/or acrylic on canvas and plaster. Winner of the “emerging artist” award during the International Contemporary Art Exhibition I Edition 2019, at Palazzo Velli Expo in Rome. The works have been published in the exhibition catalogue, information material by the publisher Effigi Edizioni.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Marica Romano – Art is something I always need in my life, it is the way I better express my emotions and feeling. I enjoy painting in itself because there is something magic in the process of creation – at that moment, energy flows and everything else disappears.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MR – Currently, she is developing artworks with the theme “transition/figurative – evolution to abstract” where the figurative paint is dismembered and reworked in the abstract in a purely emotional key. The only physical connection between the canvases is the size and colour palette itself. The abstract transposes onto canvas the emotions and sensations that are not filtered by the figurative forms. All the untold emotions that are limited by the figurative are easily flowing and expressed directly and instinctively through the abstract that provides an intrinsically free way to communicate that cannot be judged.
LC – What’s your background?
MR – I have always painted since I was a child. However, since 2008 I have attended painting courses at the Materats Rome school of art.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MR – I paint what moves me the most in my daily life. If something really hits me, I need to paint it, even in an abstract way.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
MR – I think that now it is important more than ever, to give freedom of expression, to recognise the power of spreading an immediate message through images. Contemporary art is a mirror of the world mood, artists are sensitive people and their works are a reflection of society.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MR – With social networks, it seems easier to make yourself known, to compare yourself with other artists in any part of the world and with art lovers. What I don’t like is the search for originality as an end in itself, I like those who paint emotionally.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MR – Yes, I love listening and looking at my works with other people’s eyes, it always teaches me something new.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MR – I like to paint what I see and experience and everything I don’t understand in the world and the emotions that derive from it. Lately, I painted a series of abstracts dedicated to the environment and to the damages that we are perpetuating against our planet Earth. I like to paint children, to see the world through their eyes. I am working right now on a portrait of my nine-year-old son masked as a superhero – he loves pretending to be a superhero and he really feels powerful when he is all dressed up. I am trying to capture that expression and emotion that only children have when they truly believe with the power of their imagination.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MR – It is a wonderful way to get artists from all over the world together.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
MR – Definitely! It gives the chance to get in contact, connect and confront yourself with all the contemporary art around the world.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MR – It is my first exhibition with ITSLIQUID, and despite the difficult period and all the tragic events related to COVID-19, I believe that all the initiatives you are undertaking help us stay connected through art and that is even more important now than ever.