Interview: Nancy Van-Wichelen
Luca Curci talks with Nancy Van-Wichelen during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021 at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Born in 1967, Belgium I live and works in my own studio in Buizingen, Belgium. I’m a visual artist, specialized in graphic arts, graphic design, book design and book binding. I did a lot of studies in different academies during the 90s. I’m also a recognized art therapist trained in anthroposophy (Waldorf education). Typical of the work is the emotional expression, with the human being as the most important element; it’s about the perpetual quest for what is inside humans, and this bring a subtle and respectful way into the picture, in simplicity and purity , looking, heat, to the essential line. In my work I mainly focus on the spiritual and emotional side of “being human”.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Nancy Van-Wichelen – I’m often inspired by the human and the human body, making people aware of their inner (emotions), the hidden inside but so speaking through body language. Feeling, feeling each other, not always in a way of touching physically, but in empathy and the connection with heaven, with earth and most of all with ourselves, I want to put in my artwork. No judgement of the human being, but exposing oneself. It’s all about connection.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
NVW – I have been an artist painter for more than 20 years, now, and art is for me a way of life, I am waking up with art and I go to sleep with art. Art is for me to feel, physically and spiritually, being in time and space.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
NVW – I base my art on a straight line and curve. As Gaudi said, the straight line is the line of the human and the curved line is the one of God. Everything in nature is curved and it is wonderful to look at, and you take that with you, as a basic principle, as being an artist in your artwork, it is wonderful to work with.
LC – What is your creative process like?
NVW – From every idea, I try to make a whole project, I like very much to work in series so that I can see my own evolution in a project. I often create little art books too, around every project that I realize. The written word, that expresses feelings, feelings that in our society are not be shown, because we are living now in a time where people are not showing anymore their real feelings because it is not done. We are living in a time where we can communicate with a lot of digital possibilities, but where the speaking from man to man or from human to human has never been so bad, so poor. I try to communicate with my art, at the end of a project it seems that I had a story to tell in images.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
NVW – This festival is a wonderful concept because it brings artists from around the world together, it’s bringing people together. I think the theme of the human being, and the connection between the people is a common theme. Art excludes, like love, any competition and devours the whole person.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
NVW – Live inspires me, every single day I receive a little seed, to continue to make art, and I am very grateful for that. So the concept of the festival is wonderful, bringing together the artworks of so many artists in a wonderful city like Barcelona is great.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NVW – I did very much enjoy cooperating with ITSLIQUID GROUP, the organization of the festival is very good, and the exhibition eschewed the artwork on their own value.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
NVW – I think, every organization has its own qualities and specifications, and they are okay.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
NVW – ITSLIQUID GROUP is doing a great job for the artists, so thank you very much for all of this and for this interview.