Art has to maintain as large a space for interpretation as possible, and to protect itself from being too narrow.
I think art must be the place where you are protected from the logic of the outside world.
Basically, art should remain something that is complex, that has many layers, so there's always a possibility to reconsider things and have a different perspective. It's not just an advertisement with one single message that has some authority, political or not.
I'm spending a lot of time in the Palazzo and in the museums. I'm printing [pictures that I take] and making a binder with a mix of internet research and palazzo research that I'm planning to use for the upcoming works.
I like to make sculpture because it makes my life social. When I make drawings, I work alone. When I work with sculpture I have someone I can work with.
One of my assistants was on Instagram and showed me how it was working. I thought it was playful, the way you go through images, a little like cinema. It's a bit like a filmstrip that's animated by your finger.
Whether I'm at home and researching online or whether I'm in the studio just drawing, I think I'm more interested in practical research - discussing with other people, trying to find the exact formula of putting things on the canvas, what is the consistency of paint that works best.
I know that Instagram belongs to Facebook, so I cannot really stand on a political pedestal and say, "I'm against Facebook!" But I haven't wanted to be on Facebook from the beginning.
I felt like if I was on Facebook, I would probably spend my days looking at people's profiles, seeing what they do, and feeling bad about not working enough.
In a way, the political cartoon drawings are things that are small and have humor and a childhood aesthetic and are often stronger to spread an opinion.
For me, it would be very difficult to express an opinion about our times without humor. I don't think you could do that.
The political cartoon, in a way, is one of the highest forms of expression about our times. I don't believe in dramatic statements when it comes to political critique. It doesn't communicate in a way that's subversive enough.
I think humor is often a very powerful tool to be able to express ideas that are heavy.
A lot of my work deals with this emotion of discouragement or fear, and this emotion cannot be approached without humor because then things become indigestible. You don't want to eat them; you don't want to be in contact with them.
For me, it's really important that the experience of art is always something that is able to provoke strong emotion, an emotion that you feel in your heart or your stomach, but also that challenges the brain at the same time. It's an experience - physical and intellectual.
Baroque sculpture and interior design has a quality of creating an environment that seems organic because it's full of curves and details, like a forest.
I think my work is about the different strategies man has invented to deal with desire, frustration, fear of death, exhaustion. It's very much about life on earth.
Ikebana is meant to mimic life in the way it develops; it shouldn't look like it's under the control of man.
In the traditional Ikebana things always have to be asymmetrical, because in this they look more natural and balanced.
In fact, the underlying principle of the baroque is the idea of transformation, of movement, and animals becoming man, and man becoming animals, and mythology. It was a way to inspire pre-Christian character.
Religion is in every aspect of art, when it's not baroque.
What I like about baroque is the reemergence of pre-Christian religion. The art of baroque mixes ancient pre-Christian myths with Christian imagery and each reflects upon the other.
Daily life is both the subject and environment of the work I am making.
I'm interested in making works for museums in a way that make the space feel domestic, and I'm always thinking about how this work will be part of someone's daily life.
When I think about the reference to baroque, I'm most interested in how art was integrated into domestic life. That's why I like fresco, because fresco is part of the wall. It's art, but it's decoration at the same time.
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