1. Adulthood often is associated with the end of amusement and the beginning of a social life that limits people’s genuine childish and carefree side. Can escapism be considered a way to nurture that side of life? A door to the real person, freed from any social norm?
I believe some people manage to use their creativity as a way of escaping their stressful jobs, their anxiety or anything else that’s bothering them. But sometimes it can be hard to use your art in that sense, especially when you become an illustrator and drawing is not longer just a hobby: the pressure of the job overlaps with the pressure of being creative and always coming up with new ideas. With its ups and downs, art has allowed me to express myself and do what I’ve always loved to do, some projects bring out the naive side of me more than others, but at the end of the day I can say I’m pretty lucky with the job I chose for myself and for my inner child.
2. Children can be evil. Entertainment can hide a dark side. How do you explore that part of humanity in your works?
My work tends to be very happy and bright – I remember in the beginning I wouldn’t even use any black or dark pastels in my drawings. Over the years things have changed, and while my palette of colors has widened and some of my illustrations might talk about darker issues, my way of exploring the evil and the negative side is by highlighting the positive message, how we can do better, focusing more on the change than on the problem.
3. John Dewey, talking about Art, once said «Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. Those who have the gift of creative expression in unusually large measure disclose the meaning of the individuality of others to those others. In participating in the work of art, they become artists in their activity». In your opinion how does art challenge the concept of identity? And in what way is your artistic practice expression of your persona?
While studying Fine Arts at university, I spent a lot of time trying to find a bigger meaning behind things, I was looking for my place in the contemporary art field even when it didn’t feel natural. It wasn’t until the end of the 3rd year that I realized it was more straight forward than that for me and decided that illustration was the right path to follow: everyone who is doing art should enjoy it, it should be liberating, something that you feel you have to do in order to express and enjoy yourself – if it’s forced then it’s not right for you. At the time, I just wanted to hold a pencil and draw, I knew that whatever I would do, it’s going to mean something and be an expression of my persona, because it finally came from me and it’s genuine.
4. Fashion, photography, paintings, sculpture, poetry, architecture, design. They are all expressions of creativity. They are all connected. How do all these forms of art influence your work?
All forms of art come from human beings, with feelings and thoughts. Whether it’s a sculpture that inspired you – or an architecture, or a book, etc. – it is because you found a connection with it, you saw something: it’s almost like you met halfway with the other artist and found a mutual subject to talk about. That is how I’m inspired by different types of creativity, it’s about looking at a piece of art and filtering it through your own persona and coming up with a new final work.