Interview: Patricia Siqueira
Luca Curci talks with Patricia Siqueira during THE VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 18th in Venice, Palazzo-Albrizzi Capello.
Patrícia Siqueira is an artist, dancer, choreographer, actress and performer. She is currently studying Fine Arts at Escola Guignard, UEMG, with a degree in Drawing. Postgraduate in Contemporary Art from PUC Minas. She creates hybrid works, using a mixture of languages developed throughout her artistic career, such as dance, theater, performance, video dance, video performance and photography. Currently, within the visual arts, she has been focusing on expanded drawing, bringing her memory of flow, movement, occupation and composition of space. She works with the perceptions of the surroundings. Desire to move, to capture the movement perceived at the moment of its happening. Fruit of the unexpected, the unpredictable, the path taken and lost.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Patricia Siqueira – Art for me is the greatest and strongest form of human expression. In my case, it’s how I place and express myself in the world, it’s my way of thinking and absorbing the information around me. It is a language of urgency. The urgency to put into the world a feeling that is or has been in my body or mind. That which no longer fits inside me and needs to be revealed to the world. An expression that comes with impetus, that can’t wait.
LC – What are you currently working on?
PS – I create hybrid works. I use a mixture of languages I developed throughout my artistic career, such as dance, theater, performance, video dance, video performance, video art and photography. Currently, within the visual arts, I’ve been focusing my work and research towards expanded drawing, bringing my memory of flow, movement, occupation and composition of space. I use the body, gestures and movement as working tools. Sources that make me create. My body draws.
LC – Where did the need to show reality through performance art come from?
PS – Performance art became necessary as an offshoot of the artistic languages I developed throughout my career. The use of the body and expression in another language vehicle. The trained body doesn’t just look for a center as a reference. I’ve worked in other artistic fields, which required me to be present and always prepared for improvisation.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
PS – My artworks represent movements of the world I perceive. I always try to keep my senses and perception of my surroundings alive. That’s how art came into my life. Everything I experience, feel and perceive is expressed artistically at some point. Perception, is a way of manifesting that comes like a jet, like a fast-moving, mutable flow, and that brings clues to my thinking. A vision of the world as it appears at that moment.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PS – We live in a changing, migrating, fast-moving, transient world, with ephemeral moments. Life is a constant and frenetic transformation of energy, an endless state of mutation and movement. A world of noise and uncertainty. Time and space are constantly changing around us. To be an artist today is to situate yourself in this constant flux.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
PS – Yes, for sure. My wish is for visitors to enter into my world and establish a connection with it, or not, according to their own history and moment in life. Suggestions are therefore very welcome.
LC – Has your style changed over the years? In which way?
PS – I’ve gone through various stages and artistic experiences and each one has added layers to the way I express myself, giving me a new outlook. This has allowed me to improve the way I express myself within each language of these artistic categories. In the visual arts, I immediately became interested in abstract work.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
PS – The video art “Unconscious” relates to the theme of the exhibition because it deals with the hidden parts of our identities within the universe of our consciousness. It represents the human body as a mutable system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality.
“Unconscious” deals with our altered states of torpor and confusion consciousness during sleep. The trance that dominates us is made up of abstract figures and movements, fragments of lived memories combined with repressed unconscious desires. Its content comes to us in symbolic form.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
PS – The video art “Inconsciente” is an abstract and hybrid work. It was made in layers. I wanted to approach the unconscious, about what’s inside us but isn’t visible or conscious. To show one of the movements that often occur within our body and mind, which is not visible to the eyes of others. A movement that our body and mind make involuntary and that only we experience. The idea was to make a drawing in abstract movement. I recorded an improvised dance to start the work. My idea was to show the lies behind our consciousness, which is why I used an effect in the video to discard our consciousness. I used a video effect to de-characterize any figurative image.
LC – What are your thoughts on the ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PS – This was my first experience with the ITSLIQUID GROUP, but I am very grateful for any initiative that promotes art. I consider art to be vital for human survival and it should always be shared. Thank you.