INTERVIEW: RAFFAELA PEDERIVA | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: RAFFAELA PEDERIVA

Interviews | April 22, 2021 |

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Interview: Raffaela Pederiva
Luca Curci talks with Raffaela Pederiva during Venice International Art Fair 2021 in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Raffaela Pederiva, born in 1971 in Farra di Soligo (Treviso) in Italy, after graduating in 1990 from the Istituto Statale d’arte di Vittorio Veneto in the graphic arts department, continues her studies at the ISIA in Urbino. In 1992 she took part in the Erasmus programme and since then she has moved to Germany. In Augsburg she graduated from the Fachhochschule, earning the Diploma of Kommunikation Designerin. So she will be going into her graphic activity as a freelance artist. While still not abandoning his passion for painting and photography, she dedicated herself to her family for years. From 2017 until today, giving her life a turning point, she began to study alternative medicine: She attends courses in osteopathy, a school of naturopathy and in 2018 he obtains the diploma of a psychological counsellor. Since 2018, she has been a member of the artists’ association in Gersthofen, the city where she still lives. In 2019 she participated in the collective exhibition “Jenseits des Sichtbaren” and in 2020 in the exhibition “Farbincontinenz”. Her works reveal a fusion of colours, shapes and images, which was certainly the result of the influence of three different, but in reality, very similar cultures (Italian, German and French), which she has fortunately been able to get to know up close and which over the years have helped shape her way of being and her vision of the world around her. The main theme of her work and, as she says, her greatest source of inspiration is certainly nature, to which she is particularly attached. We are firmly convinced that it provides us with everything we really need. Our task is only to listen and observe it using the best camera ever made available to us: our eyes, the pure expression of our soul.

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LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
RAFFAELA PEDERIVA – In my opinion, art is one of the greatest forms of expression, regardless of how it is manifested. Any artistic expression can be influenced by the past, can be at the same time a representation of the present, as it can be avant-garde. But above all, art is something that is handed down over time without ever being out of time. Words, signs, gestures, sounds, shapes, colours often manage to reach our deepest world, unleashing in us overwhelming emotions that often, without realizing it, can help us to evolve, to understand ourselves better and to let flourish what is secretly enclosed within us. Art can also be our best therapy. It can and must be within the reach of all of us, for each of us has the right to dream, to escape and to leave room for our own imagination. Art can be perceived in different ways, it can arouse different emotions because the paths of thought, feelings and free and personal interpretation have no boundaries. People often talk about talent. In fact, in my opinion, art is nothing but the talent to be able to observe with a careful eye and to be able to welcome everything that has been made available to us, free from indifference. The secret is then to make our own what we have perceived and then interpret it with freedom, with the greatest respect and with the means and potential that each of us, sometimes without knowing it, possesses.

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LC – Which subject are you working on?
RP – In my current work, I am rediscovering and valuing the rebirth of nature and the world around me. I just follow the course of the seasons. Now I am amazed at the beauty of spring which gives me new travel companions, whom I welcome by pausing to look at them, to understand them trying to understand the message they want to convey to me and I try to interpret it, with great humility in my own way.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
RP – I don’t think I’m in trouble while I work. Because I think that a problem only arises when you do something that does not respect your nature.

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme? How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
RP – My greatest source of inspiration is certainly the nature, to which I am particularly attached. I am firmly convinced that it will provide me with everything I really need. We are a part of nature. It is very important for me to listen to it and observe it using the best camera I have ever been given, my eyes, the pure expression of my soul. I often photograph my surroundings, a world unfortunately often forgotten or ignored. I understand the simplicity of things because I think that simple things conceal a great meaning and a profound message. Then I pause and listen, I listen silently. I look at that slice of reality I was able to capture and I begin to dream and communicate with the colours. This is how my more or less abstract works are born. The observer in front of my works can escape, can dream and leave space to the imagination. He can appreciate or despise my work. He can see what I see or something completely different. Perhaps my works succeed in reconstructing that link between the individual and nature, a link that, unfortunately, is slowly weakening nowadays. Nature speaks a universal language, very simple. Today more than ever, nature asks us for help, and as always offers us its enormous help. A help to find that natural balance between body, mind and spirit.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
RP – I’m honoured that you enjoyed my artwork. The four works that are presented here in Venice, Aura, Libertà, Stelle Cadenti, and Primavera, are very recent works (only Aura is dated 2020). Works, which were not created explicitly for the festival, but which are the result of my current perception of the world around me. A reality, not always simple, but where the human body always remains a system in continuous mutation and symbiosis with nature. A bond between body and spirit, where the individual, becomes a perfect means of communication between the two worlds. Four different works in shape and colour, which despite having their own history, united together want to communicate a strong message. These works want to be testimony and voice of the feelings and fears that often accompany us in times of difficulty, as perhaps even today a world frightening and distorted by something unknown and unexpected is experiencing. Works that want to transmit a message of hope and strength and as we all know, art can often reach infinite limits. A work, that wants to be a source of energy and a symbol of our self-expression.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
RP – I fully share your vision of art and, as far as the theme of the festival is concerned, I can only say that in a way it reflects my artistic research.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
RP – I’d say it’s a pretty good organization. Despite the large number of works exhibited in the two beautiful and different venues in Venice, the ITSLIQUID group managed to find the right space for each of them, thus creating, in spite of the different styles and the many messages that each work wanted to convey, harmony and a perfect balance between forms and colours.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RP – For me, it was a great experience that enriched me both professionally and personally.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RP – I think the ITSLIQUID group is extremely avant-garde, open to new ideas, flexible and attentive to the needs of every artist. Definitely a great opportunity and a perfect springboard for all of us artists. I can only thank ITSLUID for giving me the opportunity, through the Venice International Art Fair 2021, to continue to believe in the power of artistic expression.

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