Interview: Nina Stopar
Luca Curci talks with Nina Stopar during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
When does painting begin to paint itself? When I took the brush in my hand, or when I make the first step towards the canvas? There is not a clear beginning, as even life starts long before it is born. As everything is connected, I believe that art is happening all the time and everywhere, so the canvas is the ripened fruit offering itself to be eaten. Life is a butterfly effect, and so is art. I am curious to make connections between different fields of art and the outcome as their interaction. As a passionate dancer, I am amazed by the experience of a body in motion and I see motion as the only realm of human life that has not been indoctrinated by the globalization of consumer society and the western lifestyle. We can put a smile on a face or wear a beautiful dress, as we can manipulate the eye with the gaze, but we can not trick the simplicity of what is spoken through a movement. That’s why I trust the intuition of my body as my main painting approach, the intuitive dance with colours, as the ultimate source of abstraction and improvisation. I am the brush, as I am the painting, and as I am nothing of that. Creation is the road to the unknown, a curious play of collapsing apart, tearing off, turning upside down, adding and changing the old convenient thoughts, concepts and perspectives to invent new, slightly different ones. The creation always knows the path to dance through the unconscious consciousness of my body. Being an artist to me means to create and to invent and this is the road to something new. As an image without a philosophical background is “just” an image, a more or less beautiful picture, art must be and has been separated from that as art is here to tell something more.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Nina Stopar – It came to me, it happened spontaneously, like life or love.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
NS – I like to turn on the music, lighten an incense, my energy and space have to be right and then I just surrender to the creativity, to the moment, from where I create – play, try, invent, actually I follow the intuition of my body, I like to move, sometimes I dance. Actually moving, dancing is my main approach toward the canvas. This is how I like to create. Creativity thrills me, it is never boring, never right or wrong and always spontaneous.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
NS – Art is my medium of expression, yes. As we are all the same, I believe everyone can recognize in my art, like it or not. Being a human being is a powerful position. Just think of what had some of us, people, did in the past century. The power of human action and human expression can be amazing in good as well as in bad sense. Is there any more subversive position nowadays, when we are mostly half asleep and passive?
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
NS – My feelings are so mixed, sometimes painting puts me in an unknown place, but mostly I feel when it is done. When the last stroke of the brush is taken and there is nothing more to add. But this is a long journey. When I reach the end of it, I just know, and as I am extremely pleased and happy, I am on the other hand exhausted. Creation is hard work.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
NS – My inspiration lives in the motion, in the motion of my body. As a passionate dancer, I like to find inspiration at the moment, going into an unknown, like when I dance.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
NS – Fluidity. Liquid. It does not matter if we are swimming with the current or against it, we have to be in it. We have to be the current. We have to be liquid and the same is for art. This is a great vision, isn’t it?
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
NS – Diptych Intuitive happiness in a contemporary painting and if you look at it carefully you will notice two abstract figures in motion, as for me the intuitive happens comes from the body in motion. So, if we are talking about Body language, this painting is the manifestation of my body in motion, intuitive dance, and on other hand, all the mixed media I used, like stuck plastic palettes on, make a contemporary piece of art.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NS – Although the pandemic, it is important to stay “liquid”. Organizing the event in those circumstances is a huge success for everyone, not just for the ITSLIQUID GROUP but also for all the collaborated artists. Besides that, the money issue during the lockdown became even bigger not just for the artists, but just imagine how complicated the shipping of an artwork in lockdown was? From another country to Italy and then to Venice? And how much support and help were needed from both sides, that the event happened! I felt really supported and I am happy it turned out in such a great exhibition after all. So many artists from all over the world. I cannot wait to visit the exhibition when the circumstances will be normal.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
NS – Collaboration with ITSLIQUIT GROUP was a good experience. Kind, simple, supporting and helpful. A professional team working on every project, what makes the collaboration efficient and successful. It was great to collaborate with all the team and I am looking forward to further collaborations.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
NS – Nowadays, when we are an overloaded society with images, artists need professional support, if wanted to be recognized and seen, and especially with the use of internet, the art market has become worldwide. Or, otherwise, you can stay local, but this is will be a different story. Yes, an artist today is very lucky if he or she finds the needed support in such a solid and strong organization as ITSLIQUID GROUP is! And on the other hand, Venice has its charm, not just because they are floating on water, but also because they are home to the oldest art biennale in the world, so who would not want to exhibit in the beautiful Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, for example?