Artist: Barbara Bezina
Barbara Bezina is an Argentinian visual artist, whose style consists of painting, photo manipulation and repetitive and mirror images.
Here, in conversation with Eye, is her first interview:
Your work is very different from that of most contemporary artists. How would you define your style? Or do you not like putting things within defined boundaries?
I think what I do can be different for several reasons: 1 – I never went to art school. 2 – I do not rely on any previous ideas or concepts or references. 3 – What I do, is born of introspection, self-knowledge and self-experimentation. 4 – I work with Bruno (my husband)
We live away from the social world; my friends are animals, plants, sun, mountains, stars, and the wind.
I’m not interested in limits, and I have no particular style, because I would not like to be limited. I just let myself go, and what comes out, comes out.
Tell us how you started developing the distinctive style you now use.
I was born with it, it always came naturally to me. I started small; drawing, and then painting, moving on to photography and digital art, but I did so with no particular purpose. When I began to dedicate myself to art fulltime (5 years ago), I thought I had to do “some” thing in this world to get to a “certain” place; I wished to exhibit in different parts of the world, have contracts with galleries, sell my work globally, gain recognition, and so on., etc.. When I realized that this “world / market of art” has nothing to do with art or the world that I want, I automatically got out from those things. Somehow I freed myself, because all those things drew me from tune.
Have you always wanted to work as an artist?
As I said, I was born with it and put it into practice. I just do what I have to do, and that to me means doing what you love and enjoy (important: it is not a job).
If you were made to choose an alternative career, what would it be?
Singer of Indian music – including Bollywood.
Digital art gradually seems to be taking over, as the number of artists who work with their hands, and actual canvases and paints, is on a constant decline. Your thoughts on this?
I don’t think that art with hands is declining, rather it seems that technology brought new tools, which can enrich each other. Not only program editing, digital painting, or 3D; on Youtube you can learn how to make a house with your own hands, your garden, your pond, your forest, your energy, your furniture, etc., you can build your best work of art! A few weeks ago, I discovered that I can make pottery. Without knowing much, I found clay, prepared it, made a little cup, and baked it: the cup is beautiful; five simple steps to create something so beautiful. I do more manual things than before. In pottery, you touch the ground with hands, but that does not belittle, reject or compete with technology.
Could you break down the pros and cons of digital art for us?
In my personal opinion, it has no cons. I feel I can do anything in Photoshop, I don’t find limits. It’s like a video game where you can create the most strange and unthinkable images; it is endless.
Did you start drawing by hand? If so, do you miss it?
I don’t miss it, because I still do, I’m not as good as with digital art, but I keep drawing and painting, and I am always learning and improving. In addition, I use my paintings and drawings in my digital art, that’s what makes them special.
What themes do you usually explore in your works?
Spirit, life, death, power, light, darkness, mystery, restlessness, magic, color, energy …
What is the most memorable compliment you’ve received for your work?
The compliments have always ashamed me, made me feel uncomfortable, and I don’t know if they serve for something.
Tell us about your fondest childhood memory.
The memory that always comes to my mind is: I was 2 or 3 years old, walking with my little neighbor. We were going his way home, and he wanted to show me something, that I found mysterious . We arrived at his house and the father led us down a corridor to a kind of small inner courtyard, where there was, among plenty of sunshine, a cat with her small kittens,sitting in the quietness. I cannot explain what I felt at that moment, but I feel it, even today. It’s the most beautiful, sweet and magical experience.
For more of her amazing work, visit: http://www.01-arte.com/artists/barbara-bezina/
Interview by Mohona Bhadra.