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AS IS | Alicia Gimeno


From Barcelona, Spain

Based in Barcelona, Spain

"Art doesn't change anything, art changes you"

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

A: I think that the interest in art and creativity in all its formats is something innate. I have always, in one way or another, been connected to the art world. But it wasn't until two years ago that I launched my own artistic career, producing professionally and as a way of life. It was a decision of responsibility as a mother. Many people when it comes to motherhood think it's important to leave property, money, and stability to their children, I thought I wanted to leave them the example of a life dedicated to your passion, the daring to dedicate yourself to what you are called to do. And so, pregnant with Gala, I left all my clients as a designer and took the plunge.

AR: What inspires you the most?

A: My work is abstract, minimalist. It focuses on language, on all that a form can say about a background, on the voids that occur around the form, the tensions, curves, sensuality, etc... I like to explore the possibilities of something as simple as the gesture of the brush. I am inspired by calligraphy, the natural forms that emerge from botany, and roots...

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

A: When I create I go into hyperfocus mode, the most important thing is solitude, being able to be with myself at that moment of creation. From then on, every day in the studio is different, I tend to work in a disorderly way, letting myself be carried away by what each particular work asks of me. Sometimes music plays an important role, sometimes I just need silence and time.

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

A: To someone new to art I would recommend that they look at your entire collection. A single work doesn't make as much sense as a whole line of work, the works make sense to each other. So I would recommend having a very marked line of work, it's like someone who talks about a lot of things, without going into depth, I'm not interested in that, I'm more interested in someone who knows very well what they do in one aspect. Who tells me only one thing, but that thing is very deep and studied?

AR: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

A: Adjectives:

Independent: An art with rebelliousness and personality. Art that does not allow itself to be bent by sales or opinions. This art is brave and sincere art.

Profound: abstract art is abstract, it doesn't have to say anything, because that's what words are for, it doesn't have to have a story behind the canvas. But at the same time, art should not be decoration. It shouldn't be thought to match the curtains, it has to be something else.

In movement. Art that is not static, that evolves, that moves and that moves you.

AR: The best angle to look at art is from ..?

A: I think each individual looks at art from his or her own angle, and that's very interesting. The subjectivity of the viewer creates their own dialogues, and there is no such thing as the right angle because we can't shape the moment. I mean, if you're having a bad day, or you're in a bad season, the dialogue that is generated with a particular work of art will not be the same as when you're euphoric. Every angle is perfect.

AR: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

A: "I appreciate your subjective impression of X work/artist, tell me what it suggests to you". I really enjoy listening to art viewers, critics, or artists, but I always keep in mind that these are subjective opinions, I think that in art there are few absolute truths.

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

A: There are many very good books, but I'll recommend the book I'm reading at the moment: Touching the World, by Norbert Bilbeny. I don't know if it's essential, but I think it talks about painting in a nice way.

AR: What would it be if you could change one thing in the art world?

A: Art is art. but the art world is sometimes marketing. My wish is to be able to ignore the art world and have someone with a talent for marketing take care of that tedious world for me.

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

A: I love to quote phrases! "Art doesn't change anything, art changes you" and "Architecture is frozen music" But, lately I repeat a lot this phrase: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice" I am in a context of teaching kindness to my little son.

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