Barbara D’Angelo Månsson

Born in: Italy
Lives in: Sweden
Describe your art in three words: Experimental, exploratory, instinctive
Discipline: Painting, Mixed media
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In the Middle of My Mind - Acrylic, oil pastels, charcoal, and sand on canvas 80 x 100 cm

"At the heart of my artistic endeavor lies a profound fascination with human nature and its pervasive influence on the world we inhabit. Through my work, I seek to unravel the complexities of human experience, delving into the depths of emotions and connections that shape our reality."

What themes does your work involve?

Themes that my art explores included the human nature, its impact on the world and its Interconnectedness.
My art delves into the complexities of human nature, capturing the essence of emotions, experiences, and relationships. It seeks to unravel the intricacies of the human experience and the interplay between individuality and the collective human landscape. My work reflects on how human nature influences and shapes the world we inhabit. By exploring the impact of human actions, emotions, and connections on the surrounding environment, my art contemplates the broader implications of our presence in the world.

Describe your creative process.
My approach to painting is akin to embarking on a journey: Rather than adhering to a predetermined plan for the final piece, I embrace fluidity and spontaneity, allowing ideas to evolve organically as I work. Often commencing with the selection of a color that resonates with me in the moment, I initiate the process by creating initial marks on canvas. These initial gestures mark the inception of an introspective voyage, wherein I delve into a realm of exploration, seeking harmonious combinations of shapes and colors that authentically convey my innermost emotions and thoughts.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My art is influenced by personal introspection, emotional expression, and a spirit of exploration. I create art to delve into my inner self, express emotions visually, and explore new ideas. Through my work, i seek authenticity and connections with others by conveying deep emotions and universal truths.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Each good work of art has its soul embedded in it. If the Art speaks to the audience, awakens them with long-lost excitement and intriguing imagination, and recalls their great memories of life, it serves its true purpose; it is a fantastic work of art. Feel and relevance are the strong stimuli for awakening the audience’s appreciation of art. If a piece of Art stimulates the audience’s nerves and emotions, shares the vision, and touches the heart with feelings, it is an influential art. When the audience responds and resonates, it makes the art superb.
What is the role of the artist today?
As an artist, I can share my beliefs and hear my voice through ART. It is gratifying to have the audience or art lovers resonate with the message of my work. I chose to be an artist rather than work in commercial design industry now, Each artist possesses unique talents and skills. We should harness our work to stand out and create a harmonious echo, fostering a sense of connection. The artist's role today is to connect and unite people of different levels and break cultural and political barriers for a better world through positive communication in art. Our art world needs different but sincere voices to be heard. We should remain original and assertive, appreciate the other’s work, be inspired, and inspire others to seek their long-lost sense of feeling and imagination.
Walking in the City at Night - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Viaggi in Superficie - Acrylic, oil pastels, and charcoal on canvas 80 x 100 cm
Silenzi Notturni - Acrylic, oil pastels, charcoal, and sand on canvas 120 x 100 cm
In Search for a Beautiful Memory - Acrylic, oil pastels, and charcoal on canvas 100 x 80 cm


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist