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AS IS | Belen Ordovas


From Spain

Based in Madrid

We interviewed captivating Belen Ordovas about her art journey, nature of the inspiration, some recommendations for beginners, and many more

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

B: I could say that it was art that came to me. I was born with special sensitivity, ease of drawing, and the need to express myself with it. Yet, I was not aware of what this meant until much later.

A: What inspires you the most?

B: I ask myself all kinds of questions. I search in philosophy, politics, history, in different religions or cultures, or simply on a day-to-day basis. My work is about all this, about you, about me, about each of us, about the universe, without answers, always on the road, learning from the past to understand the present and to the extent that my abilities allow me to create a new reality.

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

B: Yes, I am very disciplined with my work. I usually work with series, which marks a path for me to develop the main idea.

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

B: Do not stop believing in themselves and seeking the truth.

As the teacher, Antonio Lopez told me: " it begins with oneself, what is known, then time will tell".

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to the art?

B: Truthful, beautiful, and universal

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

B: From the inside

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

B: What do we understand by art?

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

B: I have always been carried away by my intuition and need of the moment.

Yet in any case, I would recommend reading books on Aesthetic Philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Shiller, Shelling, Adorno ...) and to be more in touch with current reality, "The Death of the Artist" by William Deresiewicz.

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

B: The rush and its decontextualization due to new technologies, but I also think that it is the new challenge to which we must adapt without losing our essence.

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

B: "Man is a god when he dreams, a beggar when he reflects " (Hölderlin-1993)

Thank you!

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