Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Flaminia Celata.
Lives in Rome, Italy
How do you describe your own art practice?
Everything starts from a personal event or from an event I experience closely. It is usually something that somewhat shocks me emotionally. I then tend to become more and more curious and start studying, reading and doing an obsessive and analytic research.
This research period always takes a long time and helps me to find the right detachment from the initial shock.
The research period is accompanied by the artistic process which is a combination of my emotional and rational side. I try to find the most functional medium for the concept I want to express, and it can be photography, video, sound, sculpture or even performance.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Things change, undermined by various factors, both internal and external, which integrate and amalgamate profoundly with existing reality, so essence and form are mutated. This change always strikes me.
What was your first experience with art?
I don’t know if it was the first experience but certainly one of those that touched me the most. Many years ago, I visited René Magritte’s exhibition in Rome. I was completely fascinated by his paintings, where everything is overturned and thus assumes a new reality. I remember coming back home with the exhibition catalogue and in the following months I made two pictorial copies of his works.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
In the last years I would say neuroscience, I’m really fascinated about the mystery of the brain, but even books, movies, ambient sound and visiting exhibitions of artists who work with different media.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Curiosity and, of course, time to help me sediment the experience and the knowledge I have assimilated during the research period.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Last year, one month before the pandemic spread in Europe, I visited Anna Maria Maiolino’s retrospective exhibition, “Making Love Revolutionary”, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. I was completely touched by her art practice, by her ability to work with so many different media and by the way she is able to transmit strength through fragility. She is to me poetic and visceral at the same time.