This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Alessandra D’Innella.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
Central to my work is the exploration of the creative process, how this is affected by cultural identity, memories and influences from different cultures, and how these factors can affect and transform our perception. More specifically, my practice explores how these notions can be visually translated into a work of art that echoes a place or a visual aesthetic, triggering imagination, desire and escapism. Also whether the interpretation or misinterpretation becomes an act of imagination based on our perception and not on the actual experience of that geographical place and culture.
Life of Flowers – Lilium
What is an artist’s responsibility?
For me an artist’s responsibility is to bring to light various aspects of the human psyche as an individual or a collective. Personally I am interested in researching the perception of the outer world through the influence of different cultures which constantly trigger a personal reflection on universal topics. Through imagination that can generate new ways to perceive the environment or daily life. I hope to show where inevitable cultural differences can spark an intellectual enrichment rather than strengthening clichés or stereotypes.
Life of Flowers – British Rose
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
So far my series Life of flowers is the greatest thing I made. That project is inspired by the idea of impermanence and illusion of reality in Zen philosophy. Using flowers as an ephemeral subject, I painted them with “unreal colors” to give a feeling of abstraction.
In the photographs the flowers are captured out of the flow of time, conveying in this way the illusion of a constant present moment and expanded memory. I guess I finally found a way to mix my Italian background with a hint of Japanese philosophy.
Life of Flowers – Callas
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I am not sure how I will develop my art practice in the future but for the moment I won’t produce a work that is aesthetically “ugly” or aggressive in its content. Even though I would like to challenge myself, it wouldn’t feel right because the idea of “beauty” (if there is one) for me is meaningful and functional to my message.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: Life of Flowers – Anthurium)