Interview: Sofia Monzerratt
Luca Curci talks with Sofia Monzerratt during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022 art fair, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
Sofia Monzerratt, is a human artist who loves to calmly elude the endless black hole of innovative self-existential calamities by transmuting them into meaningful storytelling and visual expressions. She was born and raised in the Andes mountains of Venezuela. Now based in New York City since 2015. Monzerratt’s carrier ultimate goal is to accurately reveal and transport fractions of her inner world onto the screen, as well as to connect to as many individuals as possible through her work. Sofia’s films and photographs have been nominated and won several awards. Her film work has been part of the Festival de Cannes, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Indie Short Fest and many more. Her photography and painting work has been part of galleries such as the Holy Art, Lost & Found and more.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Sofia Monzerratt – Ever since I was a kid I was always creating scenarios and stories in my head or on paper, I always loved writing, eventually from there I became a filmmaker and then I extended my practice to photography and painting as well.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
SM – I have no thought when I paint, which is why I paint. Painting takes me into a cathartic meditative state which is why I find it so healing. When I paint I put on the most comfortable clothes, blast my favorite music and just let myself be.
LC – How is your creative process?
SM – I meditate a lot, whether it is by sitting down with my eyes closed and meditation music, or by simply staring at the clouds or the grass for a long minute. During these states of contemplation, I navigate my inner self, and every now and then I get to catch visual metaphors that are later translated into my creative work.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
SM – I always go for psychological themes. My biggest passion is the exploration of the psyche, I enjoy analyzing the human mind, behaviour and consciousness, especially my own. I’m naturally a very existential person, which means I have a lot to say about my inner world, my art helps me portray that part of me.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
SM – Yes art is my main medium of expression, it helps me showcase my inner world and constant existentialism.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
SM – Well I truly loved the name “Consciousness”, for me anything related to the conscious, subconscious, collective conscious and basically the soul, is something that sparkles my inner being.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
SM – My artworks at the exhibition are “Generations” which visually portrays the process of societal conditioning among generations as well as the process of the inner child transitioning into its adult cocoon. “Fitting in” has a similar theme but it’s more focused on individualism and inner freedom. My three paintings “Wavy waves”, “Paramo” and “Wavy hills” are a commemoration of mother earth’s soul. And my short film “Visual Poetry: Self Love” is a small project that visually portrays the feeling and meaning behind the recited poem which tackles topics of self-acceptance and inner care.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SM – Of course, I would! You guys have been very supportive, understanding and kind. You offer beautiful opportunities to all kinds of artists. I would be honored to stay in touch and collaborate in the near future!
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SM – I think ITSLIQUID is a wonderful platform that opens doors of expression and opportunity to many artists in the world!