Interview: Elena Zaharia
Luca Curci talks with Elena Zaharia during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
After graduating the Faculty of Textiles at the “Ghe Asachi” University in 2000, she followed her creative path by studing painting at the “Titel Popovici” Art School of Iasi, Romania. She works with many different medias and digital design creating pop art paintings and mixed media artworks. Characteristics of her works refer to pop and mass culture, using symbols and working with repetition she creates situations and breaks the passivity of the spectator. Her use of colors and forms incites the viewer to make new personal associations. In recent years, her works have been featured in international art magazines and participated in colective exhibitions such as “Art and Awareness” at London Millenium Art Gallery, West Kensington UK and “Patterns Art Exhibition” in Florida, USA where has been awarded with Special Merit Category prize.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Elena Zaharia – My affinity for forms and color happend early, I learned how to draw by copying and reinterpreted the characters from my school books, it seemed to me “a level of freedom”. I spent my childhood in communism and I I knew hunger, I knew pain, and what I experienced most of all was fear. A dark feeling that crushed your voice inside your ribs. You didn’t look up, you didn’t ask Why, you just obeyed. Now I got rid of the masks of fear and obedience and live colorfully and fell free to do that! My art is a conceptual transformations of all my experiences, everyone whom I ve encountered, places I’ve seen, feelings I ve had, all moments of everyday life!
LC – What are you currently working on?
EZ – I m currently working on a series of diptich, PopArt Stories. Each story, about him and her, punctuate a sublte perception in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. Eventually, the viewer creates his unique story!
LC – What is your creative process like?
EZ – In my creative process I still explore the beauty of the world with the curiosity of a scientist and the boldness of youth. There are moments of clarity and periods of struggle trying to give expression to my inner world but I m practicing creativity! If ideas pop up I’ll usually put aside all the stuff I am doing and try to directly realize that idea in a quick sketch.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
EZ – Yes, by using popular themes such as sexuality and everyday life, I want the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. I reshape banality, and make it more interesting by the use of bold color and breaking the passivity of the spactator!
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
EZ – Looking back, I can pinpoint and see changes when I began experimenting and learning something new. It’s included AdobePhotohop, also 3D Studio Max that allowed me to play around with the design, change some colors/textures/light. Those explorations have led me down the path of my continually evolving artistic style, helping me gain more confidence, grow my skills, and strengthen my style along the way.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
EZ – Thank you! The artwork I presented during the the festival has been selected from my previous works, also exhibited a few month ago in London. I have a serie of artworks that focus on body language as a tender dance between colors and forms.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
EZ – My painting selected for “THE BODY LANGUAGE” exhibition is a vivid manifestation of colors meant to stimulate the imagination, to emphasize a woman’s power and authority over her own body. The women body is harmony, sounds, and sound is rooted in vibration. A continous flow, colors and sound vibrations are absorbed through the body leading to a higher lever of perception and wellbeing!
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
EZ – Engaging with art is not simply a solitary event. It’s important to choose the right platform, as promoting tool, because it plays an important role in organizing, and distributing your content (also your message) so that it reaches the right people at the right time! ITSLIQUID Platform it is the right one!
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
EZ – I would definitely recommend a collaboration with you! Sharing my work with a very diverse and international audience at the “THE BODY LANGUAGE” exhibition was an experience of great value! I enormously enjoyed the conversations with visitors and fellow artists from all over the world! Thank you, Giulia! Thank you, Luca!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
EZ – A great opportunity! ITSLIQUID GROUP is resourceful, modern and would effectively promote your work!