Interview: Nathalie Estienne
Luca Curci talks with Nathalie Estienne during the 12th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Self-taught painter and qualified art therapist; born in 1969 in the south of France; my sources of inspiration are societal issues, travel, people and situations that can touch and overwhelm me and also the human capacity to celebrate life. I work with mixed techniques, respecting eco-responsibility, slow art, and using recycled materials. My style is close to storytelling, a narrative art that tells a story to people. I am interested in contrasts since everything is in motion and in perpetual search of balance; the need for relief on my canvases gives me the sensation that characters will emerge and come to life.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Nathalie Estienne – Ever since I was young, I have had a pencil in my hands; yet, I have made it a passion rather than a profession; although, since 2005, I have been an art therapist and worked in palliative care for several years; all people I met have taught me, with great humility, the beauty of life, the little things which make life essential, the activism against discrimination and how precious our freedom is; art has always been a lifesaver, and by my experience, art is a must to our humanity.
LC – What are you currently working on?
NE – My approach, right now, is to continue working in an eco-responsible way, using recycled materials, mixed techniques, and glueing in order to give a second life to my work; I continue also to explore contemporary figurative art, the expression of gaze is, in my opinion, the first encounter; allegories leaving everyone’s sensibility free.
LC – Is there an unrealized or unrealizable project, even crazy one, that woudl you like to work on?
NE – I would like to work on larger formats always with recycled products.
LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
NE – Humanity Glance Ecology
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
NE – social issues, conveying messages through creation, encounters that touch me, nature and all that it brings us…
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
NE – on the theme of blending identities, we got a good feel for the different sensitivities of each person, how we perceive our environment in very paradoxical ways, and it’s this mix of genres that was very interesting, and some of the works touched me personally.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
NE – I exhibited 2 canvases: The first one: ”Circus of Life” dimensions 160×80. Life is a circus: you can laugh, cry, juggle with time…the art of manipulating or being manipulated…, of dissimulation…, of balancing, daring, risking without a net! Mixed technique with acrylics, water-soluble oils and resin using recycled materials: paper, tulle, string, wire, wooden strips and rods, moucharabieh from Fez (Morocco), from the creation of the work to the frame. Second one: “Pandora’s Jar”: 117×80 mixed techniques. The canvas is an artefact from “Pandora’s Box”, which was a jar at the beginning. The evils of mankind get out from this jar in the mythology, but human greed and profit are now putting the planet in danger! Overproduction, pollution… The earth is precious, so let’s think of our children and preserve it!
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NE – Organization was well done and very professional; delivery has been very difficult to handle due to the complexity of delivery in Venice: boat and so on… and it has been very expensive. We appreciated the great support of Melis, Julia and the Curator.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
NE – We had difficulty shipping the canvases and the price is expensive. This slows us down from repeating the experience. Perhaps reproduction on beautiful paper is simpler but nothing replaces the original.