Interview: Orit Sharbat
Luca Curci talks with Orit Sharbat during the 10th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
ORIT likes to paint with passion and intensity. Her authentic style is marked by expressive, powerful colors, mainly oil or acrylic paint on canvas. Her paintings consist of multiple thick layers of color. At first sight, they may strike you as calm and harmonic, but when studied closely, the veneer of harmony and tranquillity soon gives way to a multi-layered rich labyrinth of colors. Her paintings, as the old adage goes, have more to them than meets the eye. Her sources of inspiration are deeply rooted in western culture, transcending the here and now. Her style can be traced back to the work of artists like Jackson Pollok, Andy Warhol, Max Ernst, Damien Hirst, Mark Rothko, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, René Magritte, and Salvador Dali, while also drawing on music, cinema, and theatre. The visual interpretation she offers to her subjects plays out in the constant tension between figurative and abstract, reality and illusion. Her intensive technique seeks to explore and find out what is the layer that makes reality an illusion and introduces illusion into reality by representing old and new.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Orit Sharbat – Art is imaginary – to take a raw feeling, an abstract feeling in ourselves and to put it on the canvas and make it real.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
OS – During the time I’m painting I’m getting in this meditation stage I don’t have thoughts I don’t even feel that I’m here I feel like I’m somewhere deep in my unconscious.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
OS – Sure my style has changed! It’s changing all the time even now while we are speaking! I started my works by painting landscapes and then a little bit of portraits and from there I moved to abstract.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
OS – Yes for me art is a tool of expression of my deep feelings and the way to reach god and the beyond.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
OS – When I finish my work it’s a moment when I just know that it’s done and I have great satisfaction.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
OS – The 2 pieces shown in the exhibition are the desire to touch the world behind this one -beyond the obvious and familiar.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
OS – The piece in the exhibition was made especially for this contemporary exhibition!
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
OS – I LOVE ITSLIQUID Group!! So many young talented people and great curators, managers and staff!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
OS – YES. Definitely, ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artist to show their work and to meet new and exciting artists as well.