We have now reached the last scheduled interview in Ask the artist column, which since December 2020 has been investigating and getting to know better the fifteen artists taking part in the Italian Contemporary Art in the Netherlands Project supported by the neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde: artists from all over Italy, artists with very different styles, techniques, subjects and artistic paths, demonstrating just how versatile, complex and multi-faceted art can be.
Today we have as our guest the young visual artist Ilaria Sperotto from Vicenza, whom I met through mutual artistic friendships and for whom I have great respect because of the works of art she creates, in which the essence of her own spirit and unconscious is explored in depth: her canvases are the result of an expressive, abstract and instinctive artistic poetics in which the colour and brushstrokes give the sensation of being catapulted into the primordial psychic dimension of emotions.
Already well known in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium, Ilaria Sperotto is now present in the Netherlands with six valuable small format works at affordable prices.
Let us finally pass the word to Ilaria Sperotto:
You have certainly been asked this question by many, but the Dutch public does not know how the artist Ilaria Sperotto lived and still lives this historical period that will surely enter the history books: has art helped you? Are there any future projects or is it still too nebulous to concretely plan anything?
In 2020 when the pandemic started it was a braking moment for me, initially very difficult, surreal, I was very scared. Then one day I decided that I had to recover, I had to resume my dream of living a normal life. Painting in this case was fundamental, liberating! Through colour, I freed my emotions and began to feel alive again, to dream! 2021 is a special year, a continuous work in progress. I am currently participating in the “Burma Pavilion”, an international postal art project at Palazzo Zanardi Landi in Guardamiglio Lodi (Italy). While in September 2021 I will exhibit about thirty oil paintings in the historical centre of Vicenza: I will be part of the protagonists of VIOFF “A GOLDEN JOURNEY”, the new edition of Fuori Fiera di Vicenzaoro. I am planning 2022, but I prefer not to talk about it for now.
Do you always paint en plein air like a contemporary impressionist or do you have moments of personal reworking in the studio? Tell us about your creative process…
With the pandemic and the lockdown, I had to adapt to the new situation, in the past I used to paint exclusively en plein air, observing and reinterpreting the landscape, now I paint mainly in the studio. My paintings come from my imagination, from my unconscious, and then I transfer them to canvas. They are visions, landscapes that do not exist.
Looking at the old impressionist oil paintings and comparing them with the more recent metaphysical-abstract works, there has been a big stylistic leap. What triggered this stylistic change?
With the lockdown, an unexpected “click” happened. In the past, I never felt totally free with oil painting, I felt chained and anchored to the influences of my masters. I loved and adore Impressionist painting, but I never felt it was totally mine. Pandemic allowed me to explore myself inside, to listen to myself. My latest works are the result.
You are an all-round artist: let’s talk about your symbolist ceramics. What inspires you?
Ceramics are a world of their own, I am extremely fascinated by the earth, by its plasticity and I love to experiment. For several years now, I have been mainly inspired by the theme of cities, my travels, my studies. One of the things they taught me at the Faculty of Architecture is to look, to observe the context, the landscape, the territory. To explore with the gaze, to imagine what is no longer there or not yet there. Architecture, like Art, springs from the imagination. Urban Planning itself is first and foremost a prediction. And so, I try to blur my vision, to blur my look in order to see beyond the vision.
You are always looking for pure emotion: what do you want to convey to those who linger in front of your works?
In my work, painting, like ceramics, is instinctive, charged with emotions and moods that everyone can read and interpret in their own depths. What I want to convey is an empathic and intuitive emotion. An essence that is not to be found in the matter outside of us or beyond the reality perceivable with the senses, but within us and within the inner world in which we live, learning to look beyond appearance, beyond the visible, through the emotion that dwells in the mind.
I would like to thank Ilaria Sperotto for the time she has dedicated to us and remind readers that they can view the young artist’s works of art online at www.criticoarte.org/galleria-gallery/ilaria-sperotto/ or come to the gallery and see for themselves the quality of the oils on display.