Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Maria Laet.
Lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
How do you describe your own art practice?
Before the development of the work, the production itself, I would say my process is very intuitive and solitary. I mainly observe things, and from that kind of intuitive, sensitive observation, some dialogues come up.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Among others I would say: the measurement of the body in the world, without fixed boundaries between the human body and the body of nature, between the self and the other; the space and time between things; the surfaces and boundaries as a space of encounter; the look for what is minimal and ephemeral; the relation of opposites as inside and outside, visible and invisible.
What was your first experience with art?
As a child, playing with sand, without knowing that this was also an artistic experience.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I would say that nature and the materiality of things are, among other subjects, of great importance to me.
What do you need in order to create your work?
First I need time alone, I need silence, and then I need the partnership of collaborators who help me to make the work happen.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
On the last two years I have been following the work of Cela Luz, I like the way that she spontaneously works with color and movement on her paintings.