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AS IS | Antoni Areny

Artist

Based in Barcelona


“Be water, my friend”




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


A: An interior feeling, a call, towards art awoke the necessity to express myself.

It has always been a mystery to me because afterward when attending art school I

discovered uncommon natural skills for working with marble first and other materials later

on.



AR: What inspires you the most?


A: The necessity of expressing what worries me the most, which it is related to the

preservation of planet diversity in terms of preserving the variety of animals and

plants, but also languages and cultures that are more local than global. I understand

being an ecologist as an attitude that embraces many aspects.



AR: Do you have any specific rituals while working?


A: My ritual is constancy and willingness to work.



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


A: The most important aspect when starting in the art field is getting to know how to work

the different materials that the artist will use to express him or herself.

Technique and something else.



AR: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?


A: Passion, devotion, freedom




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


A: Any single angle



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


A: What do you feel when looking at..?



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


A: Yes. It is good to know what has been done in the past, art movements, artists..



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


A: The banalisation of art. Trivialize art by the way some alleged artworks are

commercialized



AR: Please, share your favorite quote


A: “Be water, my friend”



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