Interview: Sabina Georgescu
Luca Curci talks with Sabina Georgescu during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, 3rd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
As a visual artist, Sabina Georgescu creates unique expressions for free spirits. For more than a decade, as a keen professional with an eye for intricate details and multi-dimensional structures, Sabina dedicated her work to creating sustainable designs that carry profound life-changing messages. SABINNE focuses on creativity and sustainability in fashion with an open and inclusive attitude. The aim of SABINNE is to offer sustainable high-end fashion to trendsetters with an authentic style. SABINNE speaks to people defined by a personal sense of style, curious about the new but not enslaved by trends. SABINNE’s leap-forward moments include national and international events, awards in design competitions worldwide, collaborations with social influencers, media personalities and international artists.
Celebrating internal fire, project #LAVAEGO is Inspired by natural volcanos and oriental mythology. This project is about deep passions that rise to the surface in life-changing situations. The designer’s fascination with the duality of natural forces – creation/ destruction, life/ death, healing/ killing and with the imperfect balance of nature dictated the use of contrasting textures and strong colours. #LAVAEGO was conceived and executed during the lockdown, in the studio of SABINNE, from stock fabrics. While studying volcanic eruptions, the aim of the designer was to mimic different lava flows by creating unique 3D structures from textile fabric and using contrasting textures such as latex, silk, heavy wool or tulle. Pieces of fabric that resulted from tailoring the main patterns were transformed using several stitching and embroidery techniques into new accessories. These prolonged lockdowns and restrictions generated a lot of frustration. The artist felt that all these repressed emotions will someday surface and break the new boundaries externally imposed, just like lava overflows from an active volcano. This internal fire overcomes fears and insecurities when confronted with elementary issues.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
SABINA GEORGESCU – Art is a journey. Not only a journey through reality or history or the future, but also a deep dive into yourself as an artist. To create truly unique and relevant art, one needs to know what lies deep within their own personality. Self-exploration is key. There is no right or wrong, there are just different paths you can take.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
SG – I am a fashion designer, I work in a studio, creating projects with strong messages, that combine architectural and organic features with unconventional materials, vibrant colors and bold contrasts. With an MA in Fashion Design at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, I continue to build my skills and competencies in design and fashion, through continuous research and development. I believe in satisfying your curiosity for learning, not necessarily art, but anything that might catch your fancy. There is so much information out there… and we can use it to enrich our knowledge, our capabilities.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
SG – The artist is like a child. They call things what they see them. They do not filter them through the filters of social norms, pragmatic interests, or political doctrines. If they do, they are not true artists. Artists have their own understanding of reality and they communicate their vision through their art. I always feel like the artist creates the message through his/her art and the public interprets that message. This gives the public a new view of the world, an increased sensitivity for certain issues.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SG – Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes it is a dream, or some small irrelevant fact during the day, it might be something someone said or something I read, or simply a state of mind that is awakened by a certain vibe of a place or time. Other times it is just a result of a memory or an introspection.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SG – I find it difficult to start sometimes. I have the full project developed in my head and I am so excited about trying different techniques but I get stuck just like a writer in front of a blank page. However, I have learned to swiftly pass over this stage of my creative process. I believe, in time, if you explore your ”demons” you learn to fight and overcome them. Or at least, you befriend them.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SG – I love the idea of this ever-developing, flowing symphony that never repeats itself, kind of like life itself or art. There is no repetition and no apparent boundaries, so everything flows from one state to the next. I found the theme MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES very enticing because of the idea of a dynamic correlation between the human body and the surrounding space.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SG – The idea behind #LavaEgo was to present how this long period of restrictions has affected the human soul that craves for freedom. It speaks of internal fire, the engine that winds us up.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SG – As an artist, I sometimes struggle with finding the appropriate channels to communicate my art through, so that it reaches the intended public. This is where your organization helps the most, I believe, because it acts as an intermediary between the artist and the general public, or the other creatives.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SG – It has been lovely and I am greatly thankful for the opportunities. I hope this goes on.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
SG – Keeping an open attitude, listening and taking into account out-of-the-box proposals, creating this creative communication context where arts and artists and the public meet and greet – I think those might be my suggestions for now.