Interview: Rawan Ita

Interview: Rawan ItaImage courtesy of Rawan Ita

Interview: Rawan Ita
Luca Curci talks with the artist Rawan Ita during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Rawan Ita is a Detroit based artist of Babylonian descent. She was a full-time graduate student studying architecture, an intern, hairstylist, and volunteer. On January 20th, 2017 all of that changed. She was walking across a lot and hit by an SUV. As a result, Rawan lost much of her physical capabilities and life, as she knew it, had changed. Injuries involving her spine, musculoskeletal, and nerves left her weakened and hurting. She felt isolated and lost, derailed without warning. Her limited mobility and loneliness inspired her to find purpose in new circumstances. She needed a form of release. She found art and quickly realized the power it has over inner healing. In the beginning months of rehabilitation, Rawan was unable to use her fine motor skills such as gripping a paintbrush, drawing, and other basic tasks. This led her to explore other ways in which she could find this release. In doing so, she discovered fluid art.

           

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Luca Curci What is art for you?
Rawan Ita Art has become a part of me within the past couple of years. I turned to painting when I felt I had nothing to turn to, my newfound form of therapy. In a way, art found me.

LC  What are your next projects? What are you currently working on?
RI Recently my family has suffered much heartache. My artwork has always been born from my own personal pain. However, as I now see my loved ones hurting, my next projects will focus on expressing what we have endured as a family; most especially the recent loss of my father.

LC Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RI Art themes that I’’ve been influenced by are that of conflict and adversity. I believe that God allows trials into our lives, what we do with them is up to us. I hope to glorify God in expressing the blessing I have found in art by sharing my battles and triumphs with others.

           

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LC What is your creative process like?
RI I usually paint when I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Having a blank canvas in front of me is exciting because I get to splash around my feelings onto it. Sometimes, it is harsh and dark, sometimes it is light and euphoric. I select color choices and then I take into consideration design elements such as composition, balance, and depth. But what guides me is my spirit.

LC We were attracted by your last artistic production, have the artworks presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
RI My last artistic production was created specifically for this festival. I came across many obstacles in order to participate in the exhibition but, with God’s grace, I did overcome them. For that reason, I named the alcohol ink quadtych painting “UNSTOPPABLE”.

LC How were they connected to the theme of the entire festival?
RI My latest pieces connected to the theme of the festival being that my art is about reflection and outwardly expressing what is within; bringing emotion to life.

          

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LC Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RI I very much enjoyed cooperating with ITSLIQUID GROUP. It is an honor to have my artwork displayed in such a charming and prominent city such as Venice, Italy.

LC What do you think about the organization of our event?
RI The event was organized well and communication between myself and all involved internationally was very clear and respectful.

          

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