Interview: Lea Dolinsky
Luca Curci talks with Lea Dolinsky during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1942, and lived her childhood in a little village in northern Argentina. As a teenager, she goes back to Buenos Aires to start her studies in Architecture at the Buenos Aires University. In 1963, she moved to Israel, where she completed her studies, and got BA in Architecture and Urbanism at the Technion, Haifa 1963. For eighteen years, she carried out different projects in private offices in Tel Aviv, she has been involved in interesting projects in Israel and abroad, including 2 cities for the Persian Navy in 1973. She has participated in 160 collective exhibitions in Israel and all around the world, as well as 12 personal exhibitions in Israel. A lot of her works are in privet collections. Since 1985, she has had her workshop where she spends most of her time designing, sculpting, painting, teaching, and writing. Her architectural background got proper expression in the design of environmental and outdoor sculptures. Her work focused on human beings and the relationship between them. She is trying to go ahead with the nowadays innovations in ART.
Luca Curci – What is Art for you?
Lea Dolinsky – Art is for me to live a way of life.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
LD – I got my BA in Architecture at the Technion-Haifa in 1968. For 18 years I have been involved in different Architecture Projects and Town planning. At the same time, I started learning the secrets of ceramic sculpture, with artists who came to Israel from the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1940s. I have developed my own style in sculpture, influenced by the architecture I love. Nowadays my current artistic practice included Environmental Sculptures, Design, and Paintings.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LD – The first step to walk in the way to create new artworks, out of nowhere, challenging me.
LC – How is your creative process?
LD – I usually start with a conceptual analysis of the idea, writing my statement and drawing little sketches.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
LD – Human beings always inspired me, by joining them together, I can feel the music of their movements, the colours, the shadows they cast on one another and the sensuality of couples and groups.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
LD – I decided to participate in the Body language exhibition because my work focused on this specific theme in all its different aspects.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
LD – My two artworks at the Body language exhibition are absolutely connected to the exhibition theme, both of them is an abstract expressions of Women, through painting and ceramic sculpture.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LD – I exhibited several times with Itsliquid in Venice. It was very impressive to be there with two of my video works, Paris 1989 and Identity in 2016!