Six questions for
Sara Davide

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

Artist Sara Davide
Lives in Milan, Italy

How do you describe your own art practice?

The expressive languages I use are different, the materiality in some works becomes fundamental in the practice of mediation and reflection on meaning. I am particularly attentive to the photographic medium in relation to materials, in a continuous game of integration and absorption of photography in matter and matter in photography.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

My practice focuses in particular on the analysis of detail and the importance it acquires in the whole. Attention and observation are fundamental methods that I use to get in touch with my surroundings. The mystery, the paradox, the oneiric and the illusory create in the works estrangement and need for reflection, often questioning the reality we live in. The “skin” is an element that returns in the works creating a relationship with an an internal and non-superficial dimension. I am currently analysing and theorising my sculptural approach through direct casting in relation to photography as impression, trace, detail and suspension, which I apply simultaneously to my research and the theme of identity.

What was your first experience with art?

I have to thank my mother for always showing me the beauty in everything. I lived in an old house full of life and history, full of books and art, antiques and design objects, with which I could interact by dwelling on details and with which I could travel through time with my imagination. Since I was a child, my mother used to take me to exhibitions, but I think it was the theatre, especially the Colla puppet theatre and its sets, that fascinated me and led me towards what we call and understand as “art”. Although art is a word that includes and does not exclude.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Life experience. I have to metabolize every event, situation, every physical and visual experience. Books, films, architecture, music, people, animals, nature.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Listening and observing. Everything in me is settling down and needs to be concretised and transformed in the time I live.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I felt a strong connection with Diego Marcon’s exhibition Dramoletti, which took place in an old puppet theatre, the Teatro Gerolamo in Milan, a miniature La Scala. Marcon’s works were in dialogue with the space and the themes awakened something in me that led me into a dialogue with myself and my latest work.

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