Interview: Stephania Micallef
Luca Curci talks with Stephania Micallef during BODIES+CITIES SKIN, first appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice and during THE SKIN PROJECT, first appointment of CANVAS Art Fair 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Stephania was born in Malta in 1980. She did her studies in draughtsmanship, civil engineering and topography between 1997 and 2001. She furthered her artistic and design studies at the University of Malta and graduated in 2019, where she practiced various media such as sculpture, drawing techniques, xylography, etching and other forms of art.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Stephania Micallef – Art is life. Art is visible wherever I look and even more when I close my eyes. Art is a way of existence.
LC – What are you currently working on?
SM – An ongoing study is the human figure observing and studying the forms of living moving structure. I am also currently working and continuously experimenting in printmaking techniques.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SM – My mood is the most sincere inspiration, following curves and lines that attract me.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
SM – The artist creates emotions and dreams in the society. The artist absorb details around him and by means of his interpretation changes the mindsets of the viewer and it makes the details of everyday life fall away. Contemporary art releases our thoughts from the influence of reality, which let us access new emotions and feelings that are hidden from us in daily life.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
SM – My art and style of creating is changing with me during the years, in a fluent more spontaneous way.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SM – The theme of the festival conveys the recent reality we all lived. It gives a voice to personal fantasies in many different images.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SM – Figures compressed in boxes are representing the suppressed feeling humans absorbed being locked in houses, while the danger high lighted in the same boxes represent houses where no one could connect to.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SM – International artists are given great exposure in main locations around the globe by ITSLIQUID GROUP. The exhibitions enable the artist to cement relationships and form new ones.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
SM – Nothing else to suggest at the moment. Keep it up.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SM – I surely did enjoy cooperating with you, looking forward to the near future to submit more of my artworks to your calls.