Interview: Melanie Mollo
Luca Curci talks with Melanie Mollo during Venice International Art Fair 2020 and Fragmented Identities, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Feelings flow freely into the soul, without control, as the colors on the canvas become one with it. That it is happiness, sadness, love, passion, anger, they dominate us and dominate our actions. Like the flow of a river into the sea, they get lost in the immensity of our being, regenerating itself in the latter, and then share their new life as a drop and source of feeling. This underlines the cyclical nature without a beginning or an end. Feelings are part of us forging our character.
My name is Melanie Mollo (Stor), I’m Italian and I’ve enjoyed painting since I was a child. I try to give my work a unique perspective. In this way each work becomes an unforgettable piece. My biggest dream would be to one day be able to see my works exhibited in many galleries. I also do commissioned pieces, portraits and am popular for dog and animal paintings.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Melanie Mollo – For me, art is love, life, communication, the principle of everything. Through it the artist transmits his own feelings, which the observer interprets through the eye, expressing the inner beauty and subjectivity of the aesthetic. Art is not only a painting, but something bigger. It is a moment, a moment, in which different worlds meet, unequal characters; it is the merging of dream and reality, mind and heart. Indescribable.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MM – I currently have a lot of ideas on my mind. I am very inspired, too bad that sometimes there is not enough time. I would need longer, if not eternal, days to export them all on the canvas.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MM – I find the creation itself is very stimulating: the moment, the place, the scents in the air. It is not only the final product, but also the memory, living that moment of creativity, of pure relaxation which is at the same time rich in feelings; seeing colors flow on the canvas. This frees me from all thoughts, I become one with my creation.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MM – No, I get carried away by my feelings and stimuli from the outside world
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MM – Yes very much. As a self-taught artist, the search for artistic stimuli and new techniques has allowed me to improve over the years. I have always tried to do or give my best and this has required changes in my style, as well as in my person, I rediscover myself day by day.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
MM – The title of the work is “Feelings free”. The main theme is awareness of the feeling itself; which flows in us, in every moment, with its cyclical nature and dominates our actions. We are what we feel or do, it all depends on what is inside, in our soul. The flow of colors on the canvas represents absolute freedom; that freedom to evade feelings from our body, without oppression, without limits to the imagination.
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
MM – The connection is represented by the liquidity, as well as by the analysis of the feeling, of the internal body, seen as unconscious, that my picture manifests. So I could say that my painting falls under the LIQUID ROOMS section.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MM – I totally agree. The theme of the exhibition is fascinating and multi-conceptual, it focuses on everything that matters in life, such as peace of mind, reading the soul, today’s experiences and the consequent reactions on us, the correlation between mind and body, etc. … These Themes perfectly reflect my work, and my way of thinking. I consider myself one of the biggest fans of your festival
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MM – Your work has been magnificent. Organizing such a large project is not easy, yet the final product is wonderful. Compliments really.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MM – I am very proud to be part of this initiative, which not only stimulates the senses, but gives the public as well as artists the opportunity to contemplate today’s art, one of the most important cultural heritage, which unfortunately with superficiality and daily stress is losing. And this is where I would like to thank all the staff of the Itsliquid group, for the organization and the work behind the curtains. A big thank you to Architect Luca Curci, the director of this beautiful event, to Giulia Tassi Project Manager and project coordinator Beatrice Mantovano.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MM – I must say that it cannot be better than this, especially with an ongoing pandemic. I have no suggestions, I am amazed by the super organization of this exhibition. Keep it up!