We have now reached the third-to-last appointment with the column “Question to the artist” and today we have the pleasure of getting to know the painter Bianca Beghin, an artist from Padua who enhances in her large canvases the emotions derived from direct contact with Nature. The painter’s artistic poetics are in fact based on the sensations perceived during complete immersion in nature (particularly in the woods), which becomes a means of releasing tension and recovering inner peace. Interaction with Nature gives rise to canvases of great emotional impact, made precious by the use of mixed media, developed over years of experimentation, and by the skilful use of symbolic colour applied in an expressionist manner, reminiscent of the French Fauves movement. It can be argued that if Nature is an enigmatic poem, as the Frenchman Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) maintained, Bianca Beghin has found the right key to its interpretation and interpretation. Already present in Italian, German and American collections, Bianca Beghin is now present in Holland with the Contemporary Italian Art in the Netherlands project supported by the neo-Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde, which aims to bring the best of the Italian art scene to the attention of Dutch collectors.
Let’s finally have a chat with Bianca Beghin:
Your works can be defined as expressionistic and release the emotion of the moment experienced in direct contact with Nature. Can you tell our readers how your canvases are created in detail?
If we consider Expressionism, the tendency to maximise the emotional side of reality over the objectively perceptible one, my works are certainly Expressionistic. In my works, I represent the emotions I feel not only in contact with nature, but also in my relationship with people. I love walking in the woods and in the mountains, where silence surrounds me and the soul is forced to stop and reflect. Every tree, every leaf transmits a harmonious and sweet fluid that heals my heart and mind and regenerates me. Getting close to nature helps me to harmonise my energy by creating a right harmony between my spiritual being and my physical body. I try to fix certain moments in images, I photograph trees that arouse particular emotions in me, which I try to bring back to the canvas. I don’t care if the tree is not objectively real, what I want is to capture emotional moments, explore feelings, represent places of the soul: wonder, regret, liberation, elevation, beauty…
Let’s talk about the subject that you represent in an expressionistic, almost abstract way: why did you choose trees, and in particular trunks?
The tree is a metaphor for life. Like every person, it is born, grows, develops, fully experiences adulthood, and dies; and it is always a companion, a confidant, a friend who follows me in the transformations of my life. Man lives in Nature and should appreciate it and strive for it to remain as a common value; he should be able to feel the Harmony of Nature and grasp its inner drives. Furthermore, I chose the tree because it is the symbol of femininity and motherhood. It is mother sensitive and delicate, courageous and magnetic. The soul of every tree vibrates and is full of trepidations, joys, defeats, resilience. Taking refuge in a tree is like taking refuge in a mother’s womb, always ready to welcome and encourage. That’s why my favourite subjects are trees and especially trunks, anchored to the earth, tangible, strong, like the emotions we physically experience.
Regarding your favourite technique: how do you manage to make the trees you represent speak?
I focus a lot on the colour, which must “speak” and be able to convey emotions, a colour that is never pure, but always obtained from various mixtures, and laid on the canvas, which is first prepared to receive it. Sometimes, I apply a coat of chalk to create a more material background, others, I start directly from the grisaille, which is a monochromatic sketch, suitable for identifying the areas of light and shade and modelling the volumes. I then proceed by glazing and applying the colour, which thus becomes more intense, deeper, ready to narrate emotions. Even the titles convey particular sensations, they are never chosen at random, but designed and studied to enhance and highlight my feelings and those of every woman: Tenderness, Tears of love, Madness in the air, Embrace, Illusion, Enchantment, Seeking, Impetus…
Artists always have a special gift, namely a great and marked sensitivity that leads them to see beyond what is perceived in the first instance. According to the painter Bianca Beghin, where does true Beauty lie?
Beauty? It is the harmony of different, forms and colours; the artist’s task is to make this harmony visible. It is not an inherent property of the work, but a subjective datum of perception of pleasure, independent of the existence of the represented subject. And this harmony is capable of provoking reflections on one’s own existence in relation to the natural world.
You are not an academic, but that does not mean you are not an excellent artist. How have your humanistic studies influenced your artistic poetics?
Being self-taught does not mean being without artistic knowledge. It can be obtained with a lot of study, through individual paths or by taking courses with recognised masters. I believe that my humanistic education has definitely influenced my art, especially because it has taught me the value of knowledge, study and research. Studying literature, history and philosophy has helped me to better understand the world around me, to appreciate contact with nature and to have greater sensitivity when it comes to conveying emotions and feelings on canvas.
I would like to thank Bianca Beghin for the time she has kindly given us and for giving us the opportunity to enter more into her personal artistic vision which brings us closer to Nature and to the emotional soul of each of us. I would like to remind readers that you can view the page dedicated to her on http://www.criticoarte.org/galleria-gallery/bianca-beghinwww.criticoarte.org/galleria-gallery/bianca-beghin/.