Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Fabio Barile.
Lives in Rome
How do you describe your own art practice?
I think at my practice as an attempt to understand the nature of nature itself through science and philosophy, driven by what Romain Rolland (in a 1927 letter to Sigmund Freud) called “an oceanic feeling” referring to the sensation of being at one with the universe.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
One is certainly the concept of becoming in contrast with that of being; the process as the subject of research. This leads to the themes of complexity and inter-connectivity that are both aspects I am currently focusing on.
What was your first experience with art?
As an adolescent I use to play the bass in a band, subsequently I can’t remember how but I found myself amazed by Dalì and Magritte. I then discovered Futurism and Anton Giulio Bragaglia was my first encounter with photography.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Definitely science, from geology to quantum mechanics; everything within the scientific realm relating to the quest into the unknown.
What do you need in order to create your work?
I try to work with what is within my reach, stuff I have at home, objects I find and that I keep for future needs. I love the the description of evolution as an artisan rather than an engineer. Evolution doesn’t design starting from zero, it works with what already exists to create something new, I find my practice quite close to this concept.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I recently visited Ali Banisadr at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, a very powerful show.