Interview: Nathalie Massa

Interview: Nathalie MassaImage courtesy of Nathalie Massa

Interview: Nathalie Massa

Luca Curci talks with Nathalie Massa during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – RITUALS at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

During her childhood, Nathalie was always around her Italian grandfather’s paintings. He communicated her the desire to express herself with a paintbrush. She studied at the Beaux-Art in Paris as well as theatre in the Cours Florent. Amongst her last expositions, Nathalie Massa presented her works in the Salon d’Automne, in the City Hall of the 16th district of Paris, in the Modern Art Fair Art Home Expo  on the Impressionist Island near Paris. In May 2019, she will expose internationally in China’s artistic capital Xi’An and in the ITSLIQUID International Art Festival in Venice. Her inspirations are nature and in particular birch forests.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Nathalie Massa – I grew up in an artistic family and have witnessed since always my grandfather paint. He transmitted the desire to express myself with a paintbrush. Since then I have always painted for myself and then followed one year at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts of Paris. The experience that has most influenced my art was a visit in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. Living and proud birch trees are surrounding the horror camps and I was marked by the beautiful message behind these silent witnesses of history. As well as being a tribute to the victims, they symbolize for me a deeply positive message of purity, hope and strength : life goes on.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
NM – I have lately worked thoroughly on birch trees. I have pictured them on different formats and different colors though black and white is a recurring theme.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
NM – It is very motivating to be an artist as long as you don’t take the commercial aspect into consideration so much. I like concentrating on painting and on the creative aspect and try to delegate the commercial aspect as much as possible, through festivals like those organized by ItsLiquid for example.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
NM – Though nature has been a recurring theme since my beginnings, the way i have painted it has changed a lot. Hence, flowers and branches used to be one of my preferred subjects and I used to use many colors as well as objects like glitter, feathers etc. I am now much more focused on birch trees specifically, though I use blue regularly, my painting are mainly black and white and my technique is more refined. Finally, I use mainly very wide formats.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
NM – My global art theme is nature and my preferred subject are birch trees. It is important for me to as it is also a way for me to defend natures beauty in harmony with environmental values.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
NM – I think it is great that the festival was taking place during the Biennale de Venise, gathering international artist representing different styles and techniques. There is such a big diversity of people and arts that it seems that the festival is like an incubator of art. I very much appreciated that environment was a core value and this inspired me to place nature not only as an artistic subject but a political position.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
NM – Besides the environmental aspect, I love that you defend an art where the body and spirit are together. I find there is some yoga spirit in this way of conceiving art and it appears to me very much as art is also to do with self expression, well being, and when it doesn’t sublime emotions, it can inspire our lives. My painting is done in a very intuitive and spontaneous way. I usually paint as I go and feel like it is me that follows the paintbrush, nourishing a harmony between body and soul.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
NM – My idea is that ITLIQUID GROUP is driven by deep rooted values, well being in general, represented this year with the defense of environment. This motivation has inspired wonderful, ambitious and meaningful projects. The diversity of arts and artists is exceptional and the context in which we can show our work, in the most beautiful venues of the world really valorizes our art and helps talents to be known.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
NM – I enjoyed working with you, and especially participating in the events in Venice.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NM – The event was well organized, I had many questions since I had to organize from France and I always got quick responses from the team.

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