Interview: Patricia Corredor
Luca Curci talks with Patricia Corredor during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
She was born in 1960 in Bogotá, Colombia. As a child she remembers being quiet and observant. She always enjoyed art activities and demonstrated good results doing drawings and paintings. After graduation, she worked for 2 years in advertising and then decided to study arts at Los Andes University in Bogotá (Colombia). She really appreciated the opportunity to study Fine Arts in Los Andes University, because of the study program. She found this very inspiring and was excited about the teachers and possibilities to immerse herself in this world of art with enthusiasm and commitment. She exhibited her work in some galleries and museums, which motivated she to continue exploring and searching. Among those were: Biennale Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá in 1990, Award to the Ten Best projects at The International Sculpture Competition, London 1990 and 2nd Place at the National Ceramic Event in Bogotá, 1996. She decided to teach in schools to help herself economically. Even though, she never stopped creating works in art mediums, as drawing and painting. Many ideas were developed and used to build sculptures afterwards. The sculpture “Tángara” is an example of those remote ideas that were created on sketches years ago. Those drawings were developed and changed to define the form for the construction of the large-scale piece in 2019 for the CSE public art exhibition. She stopped teaching in 2014 to deepen on her artwork, continue searching and creating her projects.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Patricia Corredor – I could say that I have some creative legacy from my family. Since I was a child I always enjoyed art activities so I knew early on that art was what I liked to study. But first I studied Graphic Design, then Arts and as a student experience I always felt more attracted to explore works in 3 dimensions. I dedicated some years to teaching and pedagogy which I consider was a wonderful experience that enriched and complimented my artistic career in many ways.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
PC – When I do my work, I picture the ideas in three dimensions, large scale and placed in open spaces. Almost as if the figures and images had the necessity to feel the air, the climate changes and contribute to the landscape in a public space.
LC- Which subject are you working on?
PC – The themes in my work are inspired by experiences from the environment, images, objects that evoke memories, and current personal or societal problems. I am interested in using symbols on each piece to represent diverse concepts; hence the majority of ideas that I have developed in my work have a deep relationship with the natural environment. I aim to pose didactic and constructive messages to the observer.
LC – How is your creative process?
PC – In the process of building my sculptures I use drawings, small-scale physical models, and AutoCAD drawings to help evolve and define the final forms of the work. The results of the models feed into precision laser cutting machines to produce pieces made of steel, aluminum, iron or recycled metal. The final structure usually undergoes layers of painting with anti-corrosion treatments.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
PC – The style of the pieces, material and techniques have changed. In later drawings lines and forms maintain an organic sense and interest in elements of nature, responding to the deterioration of the observed environment flora and wildlife species in my country. Once pieces are placed outdoors they are affected by their surroundings and daily city experience. Material is inherent to the piece; metal is used for durability providing strength for the models built for projection on a large scale.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
PC – I feel pleased when I finish any work, as a result, and part of the necessary process required on each one. Always the work itself is an open door to create the next one. We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works? The work, “IMPERMANENCE” is a model sculpture to be created in a large scale, and also is part of preexisting works. It was designed and built-in 2017 and inspired by “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”, by Sogyal, Rimpoché, 2014.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
PC – Yes I do, because ITSLIQUID GROUP as a communication platform of contemporary art, organises wonderful exhibitions to promote the artwork participating in different events and international galleries. The Body Language is a very interesting issue and a concept that can be represented in many ways through art. It is about our essence as human beings with our different states our responsibility and consciousness at an individual and universal level.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services?
PC – Is there something more we can provide to artists? Everything is done professionally, ITSLIQUID GROUP supports the artistic work and for me, it would be a great experience to show my work internationally and have the opportunity to produce the sculpture Impermanence on a large scale to be located abroad. I consider big projects for open public space very important in daily city life taking into account, the environment, ecology and social aspects.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PC – I am very glad to be part of the selection to participate in The Room Contemporary Art Space exhibition. I have a big expectation from ITSLIQUID GROUP with my sculpture Impermanence as they are dedicated to innovation in culture, aesthetics and visual technology internationally. I hope this opportunity will be a chance to build my work on a large scale as these projects need financial support from big companies.