Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Maika Garnica.
Lives in Antwerp, Belgium
How do you describe your own art practice?
I’m looking for ways to express my thoughts. I am searching for connections while experiencing my surroundings.
What was your first experience with art?
For me, art is related to the way you see things, visible and invisible. In high school there was a moment when I learned to see things I didn’t notice before. For me, that was the first time I experienced art. At the same time this was also the beginning for defining art.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
What do you need in order to create your work?
A focused and empty mind, a tiny bit of pressure and a good dose of humor, haha!
What are you working on at the moment?
Preparing to record sounds in empty display spaces, thinking about the perspective of the viewer and the maker, how to perceive inside and outside, and how these interact with each other, experimenting with space as a form created by a group of people, sketching transportable little sound objects, thinking about the living room as an art space, translating a distance into sound, …
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
These days you’ll often find me at the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art, where I recently started giving guided tours to people of all ages. By doing this I am learning a lot about being a sort of bridge between the artist and the viewer instead of being only the maker, which is a totally new and different perspective. On the first flour there is the retrospective exhibition by Robert Filliou. Kind of a funny man with loads of energy-, and a ‘non-stop-thinking-brain’. I mostly start the tours with his last work, Time in a nutshell. Before saying anything about it, I ask people to close their eyes for 30 seconds. Afterwards, I ask them what they were thinking. It’s a very small work, made out of simple materials, but in a way it touched me when I heard how it was made.
If you’re curious about the answers or about my answers to these six questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always up for a conversation.