Interview: Raffaela Pederiva
Luca Curci talks with Raffaela Pederiva during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 and BODIES+CITIES SKIN at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, and during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021 2nd EDITION at Valid World Hall Gallery.
I often photograph what surrounds me, then I stop and listen, I listen silently, I observe that snippet of reality I was able to capture and I begin to dream, to communicate… this is how my more or less abstract images are born. Many times I let myself be carried away by the shapes that the water creates as it flows and try to immortalize them, or as I used to do as a kid I watch that natural cinema that can be a cloudy sky that changes scenery every moment. Even a simple broken branch can, at a glance, transform and give life to something new, can release energies and move without boundaries on a blank sheet, dragging us unintendedly into an enchanted world of our own.
Sometimes I discover endless paths in a piece of wood to explore. Shadows or reflections that, without the use of special filters, create interesting shapes, with all their new meaning. Plants, leaves and flowers give me soft lines that give life to relaxing landscapes. I lower, I lift and I look at what surrounds me and which, unfortunately, is often taken for granted and perhaps for this very reason neglected or ignored. I am convinced, however, that there is a profound message hidden in the simplicity of things. The observer in front of my works, can let his imagination free, escape, dream, remember something, or hope for something new, smile, relax, appreciate or despise, see what I see or something completely different because, feelings. Thoughts at least free interpretation have no boundaries. Perhaps my works succeed in reconstructing that link between the individual and nature, a link which, nowadays, is slowly coming to an end. But what is man without his nature? Nature speaks a universal language, to understand it is very simple, just want it and today more than ever, it asks us for help and offers us, as always, its help.
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.
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.
LC – 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 the nature, a link that, unfortunately, is slowly weakening nowadays. The nature speaks a universal language, very simple. Today more than ever, the 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.
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 honored 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 the 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 want to be a source of energy and a symbol of our self-expression.
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 ITSLIQUID for giving me the opportunity, through the Venice International Art Fair 2021, to continue to believe in the power of artistic expression.