Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Nora Barón.
Lives in Madrid
How do you describe your own art practice?
Do you remember this scene in Terminator in which a farmer´s body is taken by a Terminator T-800? The human body doesn´t really fit the Terminator and a weird disarrangement can be noticed. The next generation of T-1000 Terminators are fluid and do not have that problem. My art practice rehearsals the opposite journey.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Do you know when something happens or somebody says something and you feel so embarrassed that you start turning red…? Time collapses and you slowly become a kind of object whose subject has spread out. Time, which is normally fluid, petrifies, and your subjectivity is no longer yours. Themes and questions change and transform, like my face when I get red.
What was your first experience with art?
We went to a nursery school named Rosa Agazzi. One day, I was forming a clay ball. One, two, three, roll, four, five, six, roll… and then I violently through it on the top of the table. The hit turned the ball into the body of a ladybird. After the hit, I just needed to make some holes and paint it. Another day, I was caught doing wee-wee in a place I was not supposed to around the playground. Both experiences have been the first ones.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
What do you need in order to create your work?
Cucumbers and courgettes. They are quite similar and both are fruits. However, none of them are placed in the fruit section of supermarkets. We also need supermarkets, like Carrefour. We have used Carrefour´s hats in our work because we like the logotype. I don´t know about you, but I took 20 years to realize that the logo is the letter C inside a curvy square.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Belén Zahera always does. One day Belén was running a workshop with other artists from Rampa in Madrid. As she was talking to the public, her costume started to inflate with the help of a pump that she had previously attached to her shoes. Belén was slowly turning into a big air balloon. You could notice a relief under her feet.