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AS IS | Giusy Lauriola


From Rome, Italy

Based in Rome, Italy

Giusy's art portrays many things, all of them stemming from her experiences as well as her inner world, and the interaction of both. Her art is then a mixture of abstraction and symbolic realism, with the protagonists being color and light

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

G: Since I was a child I have always had the need to create something and get real pleasure from it. Then against my will I had to pursue further studies at university and found a job that had nothing to do with art, but I continued studying at an art academy in the afternoons. When my suffering was too much, I left everything and dedicated myself only to my passion. If you have that inner need, it is really difficult not to follow it, and it is worth it for your psycho-physical wellbeing. I wanted to express that something that I felt inside and that I saw as a confused image screaming to get out.

A: What inspires you the most?

G: In the past it was what was happening around me, in the last years it is what is happening inside me since I have found they are strictly connected.

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

G: Yes. I go to my studio almost everyday as a normal "worker", firstly, because I really need to be there and also because I believe that creation needs to have a place where it can be possible. Furthermore, in the morning when I wake up, I meditate to catch my inner inspiration. I also read a lot to get visual ideas to bring into my art.

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

G: I recommend just beginning with copying an artwork that they like most. By looking at it and trying to catch how the artist did it they can learn. Then meditate and try to be free to create whatever it comes from their mind. Then they can also learn to draw and use colors or all the new technologies - though according to my experience, the most important thing is to take out the inner part.

If they are admirers, I suggest visiting artists’ studios and talking with them, and always asking themselves why they like some artworks. By answering this question, they can find their inner reason, and that is most important.

A: What are your three favourite words related to art?

G: Pleasure, freedom, vision.

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

G: ... from where you are most comfortable.

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

G: "Why do you like this artwork?"

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

G: James Hillman's Soul’s Code, Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art.

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

G: In Italy, for example, we don't have any kind of state aid. Our work is very lonely and hard, only if you have great tenacity can you emerge. There are no guidelines. Moreover, in general, being in a very aleatory and non-objective world, the artist is often the pawn of a system that he cannot control directly. This is perhaps both the most beautiful and terrible part.

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

G: Picasso: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Thank you!

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