Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Felipe Seixas.
Lives in São Paulo, Brasil
How do you describe your own artistic practice?
My work begins with the intention to submit matter to some compositional order, spatial composition, or formal construction.
For this, I mainly use materials of abundant presence in the urban environment, such as concrete and asphalt, along with electric lights, digital graphics and organic materials such as water and charcoal.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Issues related to materiality and immateriality and questions about what is ephemeral and what is imperishable.
What was your first experience with art?
I took a quick course of sculpture in 2015 and I didn’t stop since then. But before, in 2014, I was lucky to spot a documentary on the TV about the work of Anish Kapoor, and that was the first time I saw something related to contemporary art.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
The foundation of reality itself.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Matter, space and time.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I’m very interested in the work of Anselm Kiefer. I had the opportunity to see his work in person last year at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition (which I was lucky to participate in), it’s really another thing than just see some pictures in a book or computer screen. Since then I’ve been researching his work a little bit closer.