Interview: Szilvia Szakall | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Szilvia Szakall

Interviews | March 17, 2019 |

Interview: Szilvia Szakall Image courtesy of Szilvia Szakall

Interview: Szilvia Szakall

Luca Curci talks with Szilvia Szakall during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Szilvia Szakallwas born in 1973 in a small Hungarian countryside village. My mother often tried to draw a female head for me. At the age of five I thought this image beautiful and I became obsessed with drawing a better female image that what my mother could. This was the beginning of my creating female imagery.  In 1994 I started studying to be a graphic artist at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. By then I had already been an art (painting) student of the University for two years, so I majored in these two courses simultaneously. Perhaps this is why my art reflects the influence of graphics and painting on each.  Clear forms, and simplified solutions increasingly characterise my paintings,while the decorative surfaces of my graphics have kept their picturesqueness. I received the Barcsay Prize in 1994, the prize is shared by the excellent art anatomy representation. The focus of my interest is the female figure that I have been perfecting since I was a little girl. While I try to keep the delicacy of traditional graphic techniques, I have a drive to find new ways how to involve movement, new dimensions and energy to enhance the effect of my picture. That is why I started to affix textiles, lace and other accessories to my finished reliefs. I enjoy experimenting. I also make paintings, graphics and large scale chalk drawings.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Szilvia Szakall – I started drawing on a daily basis in my teenage years. My main interest has always been the depiction of the human body. Regardless most of my drawings are not anatomical studies, but rather inner images or shapes how I depict the femail body. At the beginning of my career I exclusively painted, but later during the art university training I learnt different graphic techniques, I took interest in relief printing on canvas, which I mastered to my liking. While I am trying to maintain the fineness and delicacy of traditional graphics, I am also looking for opportunities how to inorporate movement, new dimensions and energy, which emphasizes the effect of the picture.  While this certain technique allowes duplication, my artworks are unique single prints such as a monotype.

LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SS – Randomness. Meaning that in the course of the conscious workflow, random opportunities may arise, which can lead to different directions, therefore recognising and exploiting these will result in the uniqueness of the artifact. I have to adopt to the art in progress, because what I come to see and discover in the process becomes conscious, not accidental but rather controlled by me.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
SS – At the moment what interests me most is the relation between reality and distorted self-image.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
SS – In my opinion relief printing on canvas is a technique which sould be valued more than painting. Since I have been using it, I handle any artwork in a more humble way be it painting, graphics or chalk drawing.This technique is not just „pathos”” it demands the artist to progress step by step, therefore I have became more considerate and precise, furthermore it brought sophistication, fineness and chiaroschuro into my art.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SS – I can usually find inspiration in my own ambience, and in my reactions to it. New ideas or inspiration may emerge in the course of finding the model or the proper pose, because we interact with each other in the process.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
SS – Figural art .The Female body more precisely. Thought I have interest in many themes, it always comes to the female body at the end.

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LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SS – My three paintings met the theme of the festival perfectly, because the representation of the female body is able to depict a movement, a gesture and also nonverbal expression of emotions. Depicting body language has always been part of my art.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
SS – The work of Itsliquid Group and Luca are extremely useful internationally. There is an unspeakable need for groups and people who help discover potent but not yet known artists and provide opportunities for them to exhibit their work of art.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SS – Everything went very smooth during organizing the event, everyone was helpful. Special thanks to Luca and Giulia for providing opportunity to exhibit my art in Venice. Thank you very much for the opportunity. I hope to meet again!

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