Interview: Raffaella Corcione Sandoval
Luca Curci talks with Raffaella Corcione Sandoval during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Raffaella Corcione Sandoval now lives and works in Rome. Her artistic vocation blossomed as she trained very young at the Sancho School of Art in Caracas. In Italy she was a pupil of the artist Novella Parigini and Prof. Emilio Maria Avitabile. She attended the three years of specialization at the Jesuit Theological Faculty of Naples 85/7, and traveled for 30 years in India deepening her philosophical thought in Buddhism and Hinduism. She obtained the qualification of Advertising Graphics in Naples and of Stylist from the Fashion Academy in Rome. An artist known nationally and internationally, she has exhibited in Switzerland, the United States, Germany, Spain, China, Arabia and in numerous exhibitions throughout Italy. In Italy, the artist has aroused and continues to arouse a keen interest, and her works have been exhibited in several galleries and museums. She made her mark on the contemporary art scene in 2005 with the sculpture “La Sindone Partenopea” (her Magnum Opus), created in crystallized fabric, a technique she invented, also exhibited during the great exhibition ‘IL Velo’, at the Filatoio di Caraglio 2006/7 with the greatest names in Art. Her works are part of private collections all over the world.
Luca Curci – What is art to you?
Raffaella Corcione Sandoval – Art is a tangible manifestation of the Absolute whose approach elevates us to a stage of purity of our own individuality with uncontaminated beauty, otherwise inaccessible, with the privilege of living the direct and indirect experience.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
RCS – Currently my expressive research work looks to the depths of the unconscious from which primary memories, without superstructures and contaminations, re-emerge to be brought to light in their disarming spontaneity.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RCS – From the phrase, “I Created Myself From Myself To Know Me”. The mind lets you delineate figures that blend with emotions to create imaginative images and surreal scenarios.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
RCS – The moment when my emotions and analyses channel and materialize through my hands to the canvas or sculpture. Like the petals of an almond tree in bloom lulled by the gentle breeze of spring, the color draws poetic stories in the air before gently settling on the virgin canvas, arousing astonishment and enchantment in me!
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RCS – An artist, whose works are the result of his unique authenticity, will be represented by them and will determine his path at all levels.
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?
RCS – “Father-Mother, Spirit-Matter, Creation-Genetics” (Our physical bodies are like musical notes, in whose geometric form there is information, in the harmony of dimensions the order of rhythms: music). This is the title of the work I created in 2003 on the occasion of the third stage of the exhibition entitled “DiaLogos – La Danza Cosmica” of the overall exhibition project whose aim was to represent Harmony between opposites through their dialogue. The entire ‘DiaLogos’ Project was born after the tragic event of the Twin Towers in New York, and is composed of 11 Events of which 5 have been realized at the moment.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think of the festival theme?
RCS – My art has always been exactly in theme with your vision and with the whole festival. I always thought that the birth of a new vision of the universe starts with a new vision of us. The set of thoughts forms the creative mind that generates the form. There are two types of mind, the planetary mind and the cosmic mind, which is the Universal information. In the Planetary Mind there are physical laws, Geohistory, events and even earthly projects, but not the information of our stellar origin, nor the fundamental awareness that we are all ONE. Everyone is free to pass instantly from one logic to another. This is the mental alchemy, the inner marriage between the male Father and the female Mother. Between Body and Soul.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
RCS – The apparent unruliness of an artist, whose introspection demands total loyalty, sometimes leads him to isolate himself from worldliness. In the presentation of my sculptural work in plaster casts and crystallized satin fabric entitled “La Sindone Partenopea” (The Parthenopean Shroud) of 2005 I said: “Knowing one’s own emotional chromatic range, in some cases, makes it unbearable to be aware of the knowledge that being one’s own does not admit an alibi.” In my case, the ITSLIQUID Platform acts as an island on which to land and take refuge to share the product born from an exhausting inner quest for perfection, through the semiotics of art. Otherwise, one would not be encouraged to constantly improve oneself and one’s work.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RCS – I am very happy to collaborate with you, a group of lovers of life and its mysteries, expressed through the multiplicity of various forms of art and aesthetic synthesis.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
RCS – I hope to intensify my collaboration and to establish over time a constant presence within the platform and consequently through your services, at an international level.