Interview: Walter Böhm
Luca Curci talks with Walter Böhm during the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
My name is Walter Böhm, I was born in Genoa in 1993, and I celebrated my birthday on September 1st. After my artistic maturity at the Klee-Barabino of Genoa, I obtained a specialization in Painting in the Visual Arts department at the Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts. I chose painting because I come from a family of artists (painters, musicians, actors), even if for economic reasons my grandparents and my parents have dedicated themselves to other activities. My family has helped to cultivate my predisposition for art (Theater acting is another passion of mine), trying to promote it and allowing me, despite their economic limitations, to make my art known in the most competent cultural environments. Since 2019, I have begun to exhibit some of my works in the following group exhibitions and competitions: in July 2019, I took part in the collective exhibition “Traces of Contemporary” at Palazzo Ducale, Genoa with the artwork “The every day that collides with the otherworldly dimension”; in October – November 2019 I participated with the triptych of the “Danza della Morte” in the collective exhibition “ME-WE” promoted by Divulgarti Eventi at Palazzo Saluzzo – Palazzo dei Rolli, as part of the Rolli Days in Genoa; in December 2019 my work “The two white deaths in a black key” received critical feedback and was selected for the SaturArte 2019 competition. In December 2020 the work “A dance so beautiful it leaves you breathless” was chosen by the jury to participate in the national competition SaturArte 2020; in June 2021, the digital work “La Mela della Rabbia” was selected and exhibited at the 4th Biennale di Genova 2021, and in October 2021 my “Mela della Rabbia” is selected also by the Artistic Director of ITSLIQUID GROUP, the Architect Luca Curci, and his curators for the 8th edition of the international exhibition Contemporary Venice 2021 – “Mixing Identities” which is currently held at THE ROOM Gallery in Venice.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Walter Böhm – I decided from an early age that one day I would become an artist and I always believed in my choice without second thoughts in this regard, for this reason, I believed, also on the advice of my professors, to attend first the Art School and finally the Academy, where I obtained a Master’s Degree in PAINTING. Art allows me to be myself without external conditioning, because for me it is not politics, but something superior (colors and personal emotions that intertwine on the canvas or on other supports), while with Photography I try to capture the emotions expressed by the subject or from several subjects, fixing them with the still image on the digital support. My work is not linked to a particular experience but is the result of the making of my experiences in general.
LC – How is your creative process?
WB – Before starting a new job, I prepare the work table by putting how tightly necessary to be able to start drawing, then depending on the type of work I decide to do, I add the material I need at the moment. Mine is what is called a “work in progress”.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
WB – In my work, there is no specific theme, it changes depending on the moment and my aesthetic taste.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
WB – In my opinion, being an artist nowadays is living in a much more competitive work environment than in past centuries, if nothing else there is an audience of art lovers, critics and clients who can easily access an exorbitant number of artists, thanks to digital platforms. So, being recognized and appreciated is increasingly difficult.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
WB – The Apple Tree of Eden: The message that this work wants to communicate is representative of the internal conflict between negative and positive thoughts, fears and feelings that the human brain processes in response to solicitations of the external world, and that feed the mythical tree of which we speak in the sacred scriptures. The Little Thinker: The subject does not involve me directly, but I see myself in him in other respects; for example: the child in the picture expresses the same worries that I had as a child, having to struggle to find his place in the world. My two works are relevant to the theme of the exhibition, which explores human consciousness (The Second Great Mystery After the Formation of the Universe) in relation to the direct and engaging experience that our mind makes of the outside world.