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10/01/2013

JESS&KEEGAN

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1 - How do you define art and can “good” or “bad” art be labeled?

Art can surely be good or be bad. The judgment is in part subjective, is meaning that everyone can receive or not sensations by the expression used by the artist. In general art can be good when is a cultural expression (as a mirror) of a specific period. I think about an "artists" such as filters able to find deeper meanings to easy things. More generally, I love artists who are able to convey the world in which we all find ourselves living through the simple things. When I can read ideas through the work of an artist, I call it good art.

2 - How did you decide living as an artist is what you wanted to do?

I painted the furniture of my parents when I was 2 years old and I never stopped this impulse. I prefer, instinctively, communicate the world I listen and see connecting directly my mind with my hands. I’ve always found this way easier than talk or write. I’ve simply given to myself the instruments to communicate better through the studies and the techniques. I was lucky to have good teachers and I’m feeling lucky to do art.

3 - What information do you need to feed your mind? How do you explore?

Culture is a big family. I’m very curious and I fish in all directions: I like films, books (specially regarding history, philosophy, aesthetic), blogs, Internet. But the best way for me to feed my mind is travelling and meeting people.
Viewing the world by multiple prospective I try to explore the world and the way men is living It. In this sense science, politics, technologies are very important sectors of the social living for me.


4 - What are you currently fixated with? (Science, politics, technology, nature, etc.)

I’m working with only light and darkness in painting at the moment. Is complicated to explain it exactly but I’m mixing my experiences, my studies about visual perception, my passion for traveling, my interest in anthropology, searching images that are describing the connection between men (through his buildings, the architecture) and nature. I’m mixing that relation with the theory of the Higgs Boson at the moment. I do it through the materials I select as a support to be painted. I’ve been honest, it’s complicated.


5 - Can you explain your process and working environment?


I paint cities since 2002. After the agreement with a gallery or an institution of a selected town I study its history and architecture to have my idea about the cultural environment I’m in. I have usually one month for the photos and 6 months for the project, the selection and preparation of supports, draw and paint. I practically represent the city I’m called to speak about, translating the perceptions I received in It, by the experiences I had in It in order to give every time a deepest sense at mine impressions. For that reason I changed my studio every 3 years in the last 15 years. I lived in Florence (Italy), Granada (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentine), Prague (Check Republic) and Rome (Italy). I finished my new studio in Milan (Italy) in June 2012.


6 - Financially, does art pay the bills or is it strictly for fun?

Has always been difficult and precarious for the artist to find a way to fit with balance in society. is economically difficult to give a value to the work of any artist. Our contemporary society, with the differences of each country, requires the artist to pay the bills. I do. In the present, in the past and, I think, probably in the future.


7 - Is there anything on your mind or something you'd like others to know about? (Books, people,
happenings, favorite X-men character, etc.)

I love the history of human thought. I think there are historians and philosophers who can explain the human journey. Culture, I like Culture