Author Jo Mcleish - The Media Room
- Artist Interview
Tell us about yourself, where are you from and what do you like to do in your spare time?
Originally I am from a little place near Venice, but my art and study of art has meant that I have been able to travel. I moved so that I could study contemporary art and then I moved again to study graphic design. I now live in Bologna, which I love. It’s not a huge city, but there is plenty to do and you can get around on your bike. In my spare time, I like bike riding and seeing friends. I also have a little dog that I adopted from Napoli, so dog walking now takes up my spare time too.
Tell us about your artistic practice, what’s your favourite piece you’ve worked on or performed?
My original artistic practice was contemporary art, I like to make things differently. I also work with sculpture and installation too. I like to make a connection with the place where I am. More recently I’ve started to work with storytelling and making videos as a platform to share these stories.
I don’t have a favourite piece, because I always work on necessity- why is this piece needed? I change my work constantly, it doesn’t stay still for me.
What opportunities do you see in the LIBERTY EU programme for young artists?
Well, in my opinion I think it’s going to be very interesting to make so many new connections. A chance to make ‘real work’, something that is concrete, part of something bigger. Due to Covid it’s impossible to travel. So the LIBERTY EU project gives so many opportunities right now.
Why do you feel it’s important for young artists to be able to travel and work across Europe?
Because travelling opens your mind. You see a world beyond your country. Travelling makes you think differently, it encourages you to explore. And allows you to re-focus and use different ways to create the work you love.
What do you feel are 3 key factors affecting young artists today?
There is a need to be so resilient! It’s an industry where many people worry about how they will make money to survive and have their art as a career.
You have to be very open minded when it comes to your work, because you will always need to explore every opportunity.
I think travel is so important- it’s important to feel like a stranger in someone else’s country, because it takes you out of your comfort zone.
How do you hope the LIBERTY EU programme will impact on you as a young artist?
For me it’s about making connections, and I also think it will develop you as an artist. I think experiences are important and this will be an experience. I also think I will get a lot of inspiration from what other artists are creating and working on.
Do you feel that Brexit will impact on European artistic relationships?
I hope not. I think we will always be able to exchange experiences, ideas and thoughts. And I hope that bureaucracy does not make it too challenging to travel. I think Brexit is still too ‘young’ for us to know the impact. And also because of the pandemic, Europe is closed anyway so I think it will take a while for us to find out.
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