Can you believe is already November and my birthday month is already over??!!! Sheesh, where has the time gone!
Well, the good thing about it being November is that I can finally introduce you all to this month’s artist!! I am very excited and maybe a bit bias about this one.
Today I want you all to meet Elisa Cantarelli, she is a childhood friend of mine from back home, we were basketball teammates and I have been a fan of her artistry since her days in high school when she showed up at practice with her portfolio, and a pointillism drawing of Micheal Jordan was in there. It is safe to say my whole jaw dropped!!
So it is to no surprise that she is doing her damn thing out there in London, but enough of me, let her tell if for herself!
1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Salsomaggiore Terme, a small town in north of Italy.
2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?
Since I was a child I have always needed to express myself in a creative way. Throughout my life this has happened mainly through Art and sports: freedom to create, energy and discipline to reach my goals and dreams. My primary school teacher preferred to teach applied art instead of literature or history. This was probably my first Art influence. I used to play with puzzles and colouring books a great deal. I like to believe “dotting” is an evolution of my favourite childhood games, as a different way to colour an image using drops of colour, becoming dots to compose the picture, like pieces of a puzzle.
3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?
Art Schools: Istituto d’Arte P.Toschi, Parma; Fine Art Academy (Bologna).
4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?
Mixed Media – “Dotting” mainly on digital print. I call “Dotting” the meditative part of my creative process: the drops falling, colour on colour, shade on shade, to create a three-dimensional texture of dots which attracts the viewer, engaging them from a visual perception to a tactile one.
5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?
I believe in the strength of my technique in enhancing the image I chose to work with. I have a total freedom subject wise. During the last couple of years I have developed my “dotting” technique, by experimenting on different materials: fabrics, clothes, accessories and objects. I always love to create something new, combining “my dots” with different media and supports, finding new levels to my Art, stretching the boundaries to see how far it can go. My last series “Flush this out” is a combination of drawing with pencil, ink, paint, crayon and… dots, on a wood panel support with a toilet seat to frame the work.
6. DRAWING OR PAINTING?WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
7. HOW AS YOUR WORK BEEN RECEIVED IN LONDON?
It hasn’t been easy here. There is a lot of competition in London, amazing variety of artists and galleries but also opportunities. If you really believe in what you do and you are ready to work hard to reach your goals, London is the right place. Everytime I have the opportunity to show my work to the public I always look forward to see people reactions when they see my pieces in the flesh: it’s the best! So I can probably say that my work has been well received and appreciate by Londoners.
8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?
As long as I am allowed and free to create whenever, wherever and whatever I want… it doesn’t really matter where my dots will take me.
9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?
I usually tend to focus on few little goals each year to organize and discipline my self. I (really) enjoy my achievements and (have to) accept and learn by my failures. You know: artists+emotions= ups & downs! But if I really have to choose, one of my proudest art achievements has been exhibiting my “Oz… Shoes” series at Art First Bologna and then at Paris Photo through Base Gallery (Tokyo), truly the most overwhelming feelings.
10 ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK?
Have a dream. Set your goals. Be humble and prepared to work really hard (not only in studio creating). But most of all, as my dad always told us the time we were playing basketball together back home: ENJOY!
Ciao for now,