Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Elisa De la Torre. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Alright, Elisa thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. What were some of the most unexpected problems you’ve faced in your career and how did you resolve those issues?
I think sometimes one of the biggest problem as an artist is letting go. And the biggest lesson is embracing the uncertain. Art is so much bigger than an artist’s original idea, it’s also about the uncertain taking action and changing your plans and turning into something greater, it’s about intuition deying the laws of “how it’s supposed to be”. My biggest risk as an artist was letting go of the confort zone and how I used to do things and exploring the unknown, learning to take the uncertain natural process of life and its randomness as a part of my painting process, and learning the ways of live matter and turning it into paint.
Unexpected problems such as blank day or burnout happen constantly, and I’ve learnt it is when I let go of how I pretend things to turn out and everyhing springs to life. Sometimes it’s about taking a step back in order to take two steps forward.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I am an abstract fluid artist. I explore the natural ways of live matter and work with paint, minerals and chemical substances and crystallization processes in order to create pieces that resemble organic matter, like a birdeyeview landscape or a closeup microscope view. This process turn into crystallized painting, a one of a tkind technique created by me that turns paint into mineral crystals which shine depending on the angle of the light. I’m so interesting in drawing the attention of the viewer to the unnoticed, such as a the beautiful light reflected by a small crystal or the delicate reliefs and textures that originate from this process. I work with precious materials such as 22k gold or fine silver with which I recall the beautiful organic shapes and cracks that form in the painting, in references to kintsugi and an oriental idea of wabi sabi; these fluid organic paintings present the magic of the unexpected and the beauty of chaos.
There’s a deep landscape sense in how the paintings are perceived and take the viewer into a personal cosmos of memories recalled by the colors and textures in the painting, turning it into a completely unique experience.
I’m also an art phD professor at University Francisco de Vitoria, where I teach etching and printmaking. I speciallized in printmaking and it is were I got an aesthetic eye on the beuaty of the unexpected; you never know exactly how the prints are going to turn out until you print them, and for me that has always been something magical.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
Marcel Duchamp used to say that the artwork doesen’t exist without the viewer. the artwork exists of course, but the art experience required a viewer to repeat the original experience of the artist. I think that’s the most rewarding aspect of my art. How it touches the viewer, how it’s not only aesthethic but profound in a very holistic way, trascending the formal aspect and becoming a personal emotional and even spiritual experience. In a way that is how I understand abstract paint; a universal language that requires no backgroung or narrative in order to be understood, only felt. Anish Kapoor says that abstract art works as a sort of mirror; the viewer is no trying to understand the narrative of what the artist depicts but rather is drawn into a mirror where he finds himself lost in his own cosmos, experiencing the artwork, wherever it takes him.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
I have found that my art has a way piercing hearts in a very trascendent way that words cannot explain, the continuous flowing movement brings a natural sense of peace and also awakens memories and emotions that draw into a deep journey of sensations. I think my goal is to awaken that journey in the viewer.
- Website: www.elisadelatorre.com/en
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