Interview: David Leitch
Luca Curci talks with David Leitch during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space and during THE BODY LANGUAGE at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
David Leitch is a contemporary artisan in Los Angeles. He grew up in Rochester, New York, and moved to California to attend Berkeley in 1972. In 1990 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fine art and developed into a woodworker living there. His work consists of functional and fine art. As well as fine art, he produces interior furnishings, and his love for food and cooking have resulted in involvement with the Los Angeles restaurant community.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
David Leitch – Art is many things for me. It is a form of freedom, as it is one activity that I can do whatever I want with. It is a form of therapy in that way. It enables me to be happy. It is also a form of communication and personal expression.
LC – What are you currently working on?
DL – I am currently doing some mixed media work, working with digital prints, and preparing for a community event that I will be doing some live art in to raise awareness for the homeless.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
DL – I find inspiration in nature, materials I encounter, aspects of culture that affect me emotionally, and different cultures I experience in various ways.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
DL – My artwork is rarely focused on a specific theme. I sometimes use a format as a take-off point, and I sometimes react to emotional stimuli, but more often, I begin working on something intuitively, and let the work go where it wants to see what it mirrors in life.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
DL – My style has changed as the materials I work with have, but more accurately, it has grown to accommodate different materials, while my approach to color and composition have become more fine tuned, but have not actually changed.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
DL – I do not really agree or disagree with anyone’s vision. I share a vision, which enables me to participate.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
DL – I do not have a specific message in my work. It is based on feelings more than specific thoughts. I think of my work as something that allows people to ask questions and see aspects of life in it, more than something that tells people what I think. I think artwork as a personal expression, and in that way is related to the nature of the festival.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
DL – The Itsliquid platform has allowed me to reach an audience that I would otherwise not be able to.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DL – I have found your people cooperative to this point, and I have enjoyed working with your people. Hopefully, some good will come out of it for both of us. I truly enjoy the cultures of Europe, and I would like to be more involved with the art community there.