Q&A with Anna Caruso

" The sense of my work is portrayed through a continuous dialogue woven between memory, space and time perception, in a dimension of quantum uncertainty. My aim is analyzing the structure of memory, as a perception and post-rebuilding of reality and as a neural connection within the human brain."

Abito Uno Specchio Deformante - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 150 cm
Born in: 1980, Italy
Lives in: Milan, Italy
Education: Graduation of Fine Arts and Restoration from Academy of Fine Arts of Bergamo, Italy
Media: Painting
Describe your work in 3 words: Pictorial, different, quantum
See More Work: http://www.annacaruso.it
Senza Domande Si Apre Il Bosco - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm
CFA: What themes does your work deal with?
A.C.:  I want to investigate the human perception of time and memory's recreation mechanisms by combining figures and mental spaces. I use overlapping and colors transparency to simulate a false memory on the canvas. The observer is invited to create his own feelings, freely and independently, inside the white portion.For this purpose, the painted portion creates disorder of thought, with unstructured figures and disorientated signs. I usually use my paintings to express, explore, and question ideas about identity.
CFA: Describe your creative process.
A.C.:  Nearly everything starts with an idea that I put down in my notebook -a paragraph, a sketch, a fragment, a photo. I write as much as necessary to get the idea down. Obviously, my work is a continuous development and refinement of previous research and themes. I'm always amazed by artists who are able to look at a work and say'It's done now. I've never been able to do that. I work in series of paintings, so I'm always thinking the groups could be exhaustive. Everything is always evolving.
CFA: What influences your art? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
A.C.: I have always had an inquisitive and curious mind. Reading books, studying science, talking with people, going inside myself and traveling to culturally diverse areas intrigues me. Travel gives me time to think, ideate, observe and learn new things. It is this thirst for knowledge, these meetings of the mind, that keeps me energized. The best work always comes from being challenged, whether in time, finances, materials or concept. It's better to take risks than play safe. Art is my life and my work as well.
CFA: What is art? What makes a piece of art great?
A.C.:  Art has a broad definition. Art has added value to my life in so many ways, both big and small, that it is difficult to express all of what art means to me. Art says things that even words cannot say. You don't need a language to understand Art. It's a powerful connection of ideas and purposeful creation. A great piece of art needs to connect, to have some element of truth to it that resonates with the viewer and leaves them something after they've left the piece.
CFA: What is the role of the artist today?
A.C.: The role of the artist has changed significantly throughout time. Now it's largely dependent on the personality of the artist and on that artist's chosen subject matter. The artist records history for future generations, art reaches out and touches people around the world. The role of the artist continues to change, grow and expand. It remains an incredibly important part of society. Art means many different things to different people; therefore, an artist's role is as versatile as the definition of art.


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