Sonsoles Masiá Sánchez
Cold Atlantic - 80x100cm - Acrylic on canvas
Today we are talking with artist Sonsoles Masiá Sánchez.
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As what do you define yourself?
I am a plastic artist and architect. I am specialised in small watercolours, but mainly on big scale abstract acrylic paintings based on astronomical events.
Why do you make art?
Its the way I have to express myself, what I feel and explore our relation with the universe.
Natalis Solis Invicti - Winter Solstice 2019 , 4:18am - 60X60 cm - Acrylic on canvas (http://sonso.es/natalis.html)
I've noticed that you have a thing for color and shapes why is that? Is this a reoccurring theme in your work or does this have an other reason?
Colours and shapes come and go, I realized my style evolves based on the technique I use and learn, lately I have been making a lot of watercolours. But I am always dragged back to shades of blue, over and over again.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I made my architecture master project based on an astronomical observatory, that made me develop an especial interest on astronomy and the movement of celestial bodies and their influence on the human spirit.
Nowadays I search for those magical moments, solstice, equinox, comets, metheor showers... to explore how it affects our emotions and artistical productivity. The idea started more seriously after moving from Spain (where I am from) to the Netherlands. The lack of light and how it was affecting my artistic productivity was very significant. I realize how I was more productive from the spring equinox to the summer, when the days got longer and lighter. To dive deep into this idea I woke up before sunrise on the longest day of the year of 2019 (the summer solstice), and I painted non-stop till sunset. The product of this performance was very interesting. It was a collection of 9 pieces but also the experience. The most interesting was finding myself in a state of mind where nothing else matters but vomiting your instints into the canvas.
In order to compare the experience, I made the same experiment on the winter solstice of 2019 at night, 16 hours of production where I induced myself into an extreme state of mind of exhaustion, finding a primitive instinct based on the hope of the rebirth of the sun. Searching for the ancient feeling of uncertainty and faith for longer days that our ancestors experienced during the saturnalia's festivities.
Delta Aquariids - 2019 - 120x40cm - Acrylic on canvas (http://sonso.es/delta.html)
What role in your life plays creating / making art?
A year ago i quitted my job as an architect to fully focuse on painting. It is part of my daily life now.
Tell me a little bit about your roots and what kind of role this plays in the art that you make.
I studied a double degree in architecture and fine arts. And maybe, by focusing so much in astronomy while developing my architecture master thesis project, made me realize ho much we are ancher into the universe. I was obsessed with it. Maybe as a women we are also ancher to the moon cycles in relation with our fertility.
Creativity shouldn't be different.
Are you currently working on any projects? If that's the case , tell me more about them!
Two weeks ago was the summer solstice again. And, of course, I had to do it again. Comparing it with the previous experiments I have to say that my style evolved a lot, and this long sessions are becoming a trigger for my creativity and style changes. I tent to try new things and colours. Now I use more paper than canvas and that is the reason why I had such a large ammount of pieces this time. Paper is more inmediate and I enjoy to see the colours mixing. I just have to follow my insitints and love for color. "El color por el color". And keep going untill the sunset.
Next week, most of the pieces will go to an exhibition at "de Groene Passage" in Rotterdam. So... I will keep you updated with that. But It will be a mix of all the solstices and more pieces that I prepared for this same exhibition this last April, cancelled after all the coronavirus crisis. The exhibition will be open till the end of September.
On the other hand... we can see the neowise comet on the northen emisphere during these days!
What is your own favorite piece that you made and why?
Such a hard question. I tend to get tired of old pieces and I keep having favorite ones. But definitely, my favorite is the one I made on the day that I listened to myself and i decided to leave behind architecture and focuse on art . That one is my favorite because of what it represents. And it is blue.
The day I dropped architecture / Blue - 50x50 cm - Acrylic on canvas
Last but not least I would want to ask you what is the message that you want to spread with the work that you make?
How do we capture time and memories? Is it human to be affected by the changes of seasons and astronomical events? Is it normal that we feel a bit off during dark times of the year? I think it is. And the knowledge of it, the fact that we are aware of this vulnerability, can make us stronger.
Summer solstice 2020 - 15:54 - 50x50 cm - Acrylic on canvas.
TODAY WE ARE TALKING WITH ARTIST DEWI HOMBERGEN.
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As what do you define yourself?
I do design and I study at art academy Maastricht an education called Visual communication - illustration, but I see myself more as an artist, rather than just ‘one’ certain thing like an illustrator for example. I actually started drawing from a very young age, but for me it does not necessarily have to stay with this. I also think it is very unfortunate that I had to choose one thing at art academy, because I wanted to do everything. I honestly love all creative fields.
For me it’s a strong trait if you can do lots of different things, if you just try it and don't immediately say “I can't because I have never done it”. My parents taught me to always try new things, so I have implemented this in my own artistic practices. Do not reject something immediately even if you have never done it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It differs a lot with me, but I am very inspired by music. Something I always keep falling back on is David Bowie, I think he is a work of art in itself. He inspires me to do go out of my comfort zone and it makes me want to experiment in the future with my art, for example I would like to try performance art.
How do you get the right workflow?
At night I can work the best, around 11/12 o’clock, I feel time pressure. I love creating around this time because it gives me a reason to make work because otherwise, I think I should go to sleep.
How do you approach starting a new work?
I think about what I’m going to make for a very long time before I create new work, I also like to read to get inspiration. I write a lot and I sketch a lot as well; I make random notes of things that catch my eye. For example, if I’m walking down the street and I see something that is intriguing to me I will make a little note of it. Or even a picture, weeks later when I forgot that photo even existed that is usually the moment that I’ll see it on my phone/camera roll again and get inspiration from it. Museums also give me lots of inspiration and something that also really works is always having pen and paper with me to take notes. Because let’s be real here when I forget my sketchbook that’s probably the moment, I’d like to note or draw something. So, keep your sketchbook close to your heart!
Does being a woman affect your work?
I don't really know that for sure. I think so, in a way. But I don't know any better; I don't know what it's like to make art as a man. I have the idea that, if I read about it, that difference is a lot less than before. But maybe I just don't pay attention. After all, I am just busy with my own work and do not look very often at how others may be more favored. I don't care so much. And if, then I automatically look for a way around that. By the way, that is also creativity, to be able to handle things like that well and to find a way through / around them.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on so many things at once! Recently I’m focusing on an as yet unknown branch of illustration, which is also silenced during my illustration education on art academy. The possibility of tattooing is never discussed there. I actually find that strange, especially because it is much more common nowadays and it is no longer such a taboo. I myself also want to learn how to tattoo, it seems a very nice profession to keep me busy alongside my other interests.
In which areas do you want to develop more as a maker?
As a maker, I have the well-known struggles that every maker has or has had. I have a certain but vague idea of what my style should look like, but I cannot yet implement it consistently because I am still experimenting with it. Perhaps it is flat that I prefer to develop instead of having one focus; I miss that very much at the moment. There are so many things that I am interested in, and I cannot do them all at once. That sometimes frustrates a bit.
What is the most important aspect of creating for you?
For me, the most important thing about creating is imagining a feeling or a story. Moving and triggering a reaction. Even if that would be a very 'bad' one (for example, the demolition of a work). But I have not experienced that yet. I am not yet very controversial in my works, but I do think that art and design are a reflection of and a response to society. How we see the world. It simply fascinates me how we have evolved so much that we make art and that we are aware of ourselves and everything around us, and that we react to it in this way.
What is your own favorite work that you’ve made?
I think this LP cover I made as a cover for my portfolio is still my favorite. Everything comes together on this cover: my love for music, the combination of graphic design with illustration in a playful way, my love for screen printing, handwork and paper. I cut the illustration from paper and the letters as well. It reminds me that I have to be busy with my hands more often, now that I am talking about it. And it also has a deep personal layer. I have had the feeling that I didn't really fit into a box anywhere since I was little and now, I still sometimes feel like an outsider. But now I see that as a good thing, luckily. The portfolio itself also contains very personal texts and everything that occupied me at that time.