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AS IS | Cristina Almodovar


From Spain

Based in Madrid

We had the pleasure to interview truly unique Cristina Almodovar on her perspective about art, sources of inspiration, books to read, questions to ask, and ways to experience art.

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

C: Since I was a child I´ve been very observant, always looking for something, and in nature, I found an inexhaustible source of surprises in little things.

This, coupled with my shyness and my ability to draw, made me find in art a way to communicate. Everything starts from emotions contemplating, channeling them through drawing and painting. Sculpting came later, at the university, studying Fine Arts, where I discovered the work with iron, which make me able to reproduce the ephemeral natural shapes that amazed me. It was a way to stop the time of contemplation I feel in a natural space, to introduce into inside spaces this contemplation mood through my sculptures.

After, with the reflections that life takes you to, I started to use my sensitivity to raise awareness, using art as a tool, because beauty is a powerful weapon to face issues that are harder to face through other areas

A: What inspires you the most?

C: Nature is a never-ending source of inspiration. In nature, in its forms, and in how living things and inert matter relate to each other, I can project in a poetic way any human thought. Nature is an eternal metaphor, because we are rational beings, but also natural, and we often disassociate ourselves from this natural dimension, entering into conflict with both the natural environment and our own personal balance.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

C: The only ritual is constancy. In fact, without constancy, there can be no ritual. Inspiration has to find you at work. Many ideas come to me at any time, with the day to day of life, and I think about how to materialize them later, but it is only when you come into contact with the real work, with the material, that you see if the concept you have thought of also works plastically. Action is what makes things work. There are no mysteries, only constancy, and work.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

C: I would recommend making a projection of themselves, making art an opportunity for sincerity. It is no more. Art is emotion, sensitivity worked and shared, in one format or another, whether music, film, literature, visual arts or any way of creation, and it reaches you when it connects you with that sensitive area that we all have to a greater or lesser extent, and in a personal and different way, both when you do it and when you are a spectator.

A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?

C: Sincere, subtle, and resounding

A: The best angle to look at art is from?

C: Any, but always from the deep and sincere.

A: The Perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

C: None. Art can appear in any conversation. Human beings are creative in many different areas. A conversation can be artistic even if it is not talking about art directly. My most artistic conversations haven't been about art.

A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

C: Art books put in words what artists do, but art is another thing, at least for me. There are no must-read books, only read, about everything you want, and you will be in the way of having a good conversation about life. Art must be in life, is an expression of it, and sometimes culture separates it from life.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

C: So many things... Art comes from the deep human dimension, and the art world separates it from this spiritual dimension with the different interests that surround it.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

C: “There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in”

Leonard Cohen

Thank you!

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