INTERVIEW: MARY ANNE ZAMMIT | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: MARY ANNE ZAMMIT

Interviews | May 13, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

Luca Curci talks with Mary Anne Zammit during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, second edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.

Mary Anne Zammit is a graduate from the University of Malta in Applied Social Studies (Social Work) and in Probation Services, Diplomatic Studies and obtained Masters in Probation Services and in Freelance and Feature Writing. Mary Anne Zammit is the author of four novels in Maltese and two in English. Mary Anne‘s poetry has also been featured in international magazines and Anthologies. She is a regular contributor to the International Poet Magazine. Mary Anne is also an artist and has received multi awards and her art has been exhibited in various collective exhibitions both locally and abroad as well online galleries.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

The concept I try to convey behind my art is that every woman is the manifestation of the Goddess and is expressed through many aspects and roles in life. Women are the seats of creativity and have the power to create whether it is through art, work or maternity. It is this urge to create which enables women to share their power with the world. This is the source of divine femininity and power. A woman decides whom to love and to whom she opens her flower of sexuality. Women are learning to walk on their own and to stop violence and abuse. In each woman, there is an endless world of mystery, of creation and light. I may even be painting myself, my own identity but it is through ourselves that we come across the soul and the divine, finding purpose in this path of life. The medium I prefer to use is charcoal for the figure because it helps me to define the lines and contours of the figure but also colours, main acrylics for abstracts and experimentation. All in all, I use Art as a release for emotions and self-discovery.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

Luca Curci – What is Art?
Mary Anne Zammit –
Can you imagine a world without Art? I cannot imagine my life without painting and writing, without enjoying the beauty of other creative arts and artists. Art gives life and a new dimension to life and without art, the world is flat and dark. So, for me, art is life, the breath I take every day to keep ongoing. Also, Art is my way of escaping from reality and yet at the same time the same medium which helps me to communicate to the world, what I see, what I feel. Art is the bridge between earth and the universe. When an artist creates, he or she feels close to the divine and to the true inner self where truth resides.

LC – What are you currently working on?
MZ –
At the moment I am working on more paintings including nudes, as it seems I cannot escape from that theme. However, I am contemplating also working on colours and on geometry. I am fascinated by sacred geometry and what it represents, and even its relation to the human figure. Furthermore, to explore more the journey within myself and develop on the existent style. Then, depending on the situation, I will be preparing for another exhibition on the island.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

LC – What is your creative process like?
MZ –
I like to work on simultaneous paintings and usually I start four paintings at a time and work alternatively. This method is comfortable for me and enables me to think and reflect on other works in between. Painting requires a process of thoughts and emotions which in turn creates spontaneous movement. Painting is more the journey of preparing than the final where anything can happen.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme? Why women?
MZ –
No matter how many times I try to escape from this theme, I always find myself painting female nudes. Since I started painting at the age of 12 I found myself drawn to the human figure and portrait. A lovely memory that remains engraved is that of my father buying me books about human anatomy to work on them. Subsequently, I started painting female nudes, in particular, reclining poses because they are challenging. I am often asked this question but I am comfortable with the theme because it brings me
in contact with the woman within. Also, for many years and decades, women have been repressed. Perhaps, this is a way of reclaiming back feminine power. Whatever, I am happy in this journey.

LC – What is the message linked to the art work you have shown in this exhibition? How it is connected to the theme of the entire festival?
MZ –
Simulation of Time is the title of the painting being exhibited at the Barcelona Contemporary Exhibition in June 2021. The painting describes the control overtime or the loss of time. The reclining nude is relaxed watching over time, therefore it is free. We are all free like Art and I believe that this connected well with the theme of the exhibition.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as part of pre-existing works?
MZ –
I created this work in purpose for the sole purpose of the exhibition. I always do for every theme and subject related. This requires research and thought in order to prepare for the theme. Preparing for the themed exhibition is in itself exciting for it offers a challenge. In all, it helps to keep the artist in touch with research and his own aspirations.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MZ –
Today few artists are making a living out of their art. The opportunities are maybe on a part-time basis, artists sell or are commissioned. Competition is fierce and artists struggle to get contacts and to excel or distinguish themselves in their arts and style. It is for all arts and is also on a European level. Back in 2004, I formed part of the European platform, the European council of Artist ECA. A common situation for artists was that they do not get sufficient funds for their projects. At the same time, artists are important as they help to heal the world by colour and beauty. Artists are a platform for expressing emotions and speaking up for others.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MZ –
Of Course. ITSLIQUID GROUP is a solid excellent platform for giving opportunities to artists to exhibit their work and showcase their paintings in various venues across Europe. This is an important opportunity because it brings all forms of art together under one umbrella. In Barcelona, I was happy to meet other artists and to see this fusion of art, with different styles and expressions. Also, the drama performed sent a strong message for Justice. Artists are the agents of change and the prophets of our time who bring the message of hope, bring awareness and at the same time entertaining.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID platform?
MZ –
This platform offers direct opportunities for art and artists. It is a medium for bringing all arts together, a multicultural effort to create a new dimension. On in all this platform promotes artists and is a genuine effort for bringing art and creativity to the world.

LC – Did you enjoy working with us?
MZ –
Definitely. Without a doubt, it has been a wonderful experience working with ITSLIQIUD GROUP. Not only the organization is professional but even the events. In itself, the exhibition was a unique experience with a dynamic fusion of art. Above all, the atmosphere was friendly and full of emotion.

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Image courtesy of Mary Anne Zammit.

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