Six questions for
Claudia Petraroli

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Claudia Petraroli.

Artist Claudia Petraroli
Lives in Milan, Italy

How do you describe your own art practice?

I could describe my practice as an act of translating thoughts, suggestions and reflections on mundane things into aesthetic forms. I try to make traditional art languages as photography, painting, ceramic, collide with the codes of media communications. I always start from my personal experience as woman and precarious worker. I act both as image editor and image consumer, exploring the metaphysical sphere inhabiting commodities into the Capitalist Realism.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

My focus is on the relations that connect artifacts and commodities to people, and their power to affect behaviours, dreams, and expectations. I am attracted to both to the human capacity to create things, beautiful objects that reflect human feelings and aspirations, and the inanimate, autonomous power inside them. My interest also lies in exploring grey areas of new technologies, employing them in a different way from which they have been conceived.

What was your first experience with art?

Since I was a little girl, I was continuously drawing and creating stories. However, when I decided to seriously pursue art I choose photography because I needed to detach myself from manual skills, to gain a more distant approach with creation. Today I have partially won this fear of matter through experiencing other media, but I often need the mediation of digital devices and screens, whether it is in the early moment of the creative process or in the final form.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I constantly look at reality, inside and outside the web. It is exhausting, but I can’t get over it. I start from my body and my personal perspective with the purpose of getting closer to what is far from me. Art is a form of knowledge. I would like to create a dialogue between different times, connecting the farthest past and the contemporary.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need time beyond the one I spend for my daily job. I need serenity. I don’t need a particular place to stay or a studio, because my best ideas come while I’m doing other things: at the supermarket, walking in the street, while I’m cooking.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

From the recent past, also if apparently distant to what I do, I love the work of Italian artist Marisa Merz. Every time I look into her poetry I find something new and never seen before. From the present times, I adore Sylvie Fleury, Nina Beier, Anne De Vrie, Chiara Camoni, and I recently got to know the work of Vanessa Safavi and Simon Dybbroe Møller.

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