DÆDALUS: What’s your earliest artistic memory?
Luia Corsini : I remember a time when I was about 8 years old at the airport with my twin brother. We sat at a table in a restaurant for about four hours because we missed our flight back to Italy. My brother was drawing in his notebook for an assignment, which inspired me to do the same. I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed the feeling of creating, zoning into my work and loosing track of time.
D: What are you obsessed with right now?
L: I am obsessed with the color blue. I can’t explain why. However, researchers found that the color blue provokes feelings of calmness, creativity, security and trust. Most of my paintings are studies of different relationships of blue. This allowed me to explore and learn all its unique attributes. I am also naturally attracted to other artist who have worked with blue, such as Ives Klein, Bosco Sodi, Jose Davila, Agnes Martin, Ilana Zweschi & James Turrell.
D: What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
L: One thing that really stuck with me is the idea of embracing the unexpected, because mistakes always happen and it’s at those times that I believe it is important to step back and observe. In a recent conversation with Massimo Bottura and Bosco Sodi, they explain how many beautiful things in art come form being able to embrace the mistake at the right time. I can relate to that, because my grid came from an accident. While I was in my studio at NYU, I was exploring geometric shapes on canvas, I accidentally placed the tape in the wrong way. At first I thought I ruined my painting, but I took a second to observe the mistake. I found that it looked more interesting then before. Since that day, I have been mastering my mistakes in my paintings and evolving them into what my work looks like today. I am constantly making mistakes while creating, but I believe that sometimes they are blessings and they are signs to change direction. I believe we can relate this idea to life experiences and surrender to what we can’t control.
D: What are the most difficult and most rewarding elements of creating art?
L: The most difficult elements of creating art is keeping constantly inspired, and believing in oneself, because there are times when opportunities happen and times when they don’t. I believe, the times when they don’t, are the best times to challenge oneself, create and stay optimistic.
The most rewarding elements of creating art, is when I finish a work and it turns out better then what I expected. The feeling is ecstatic!
D: How would you explain your work to people experiencing it for the first time?
L: I would urge them to step up to a comfortable distance, begin by closing their eyes, let go of thoughts and pre conceptions. Try to keep it simple, I would like to say my work is abstract & geometric. It is a constant study of the relationship between form, color and spirit.
D: What are you reading right now?
L: I just finished reading “The Defining Decade” a book written by Meg Jay a PHD psychologist. This book helps guide people in their twenties to make the best decision for a fulfilling/successful life. She explains how people in their twenties are still developing mentally which is why it is normal to change interests or careers every year. She also mentions how leaving one’s comfort zone is key to living a successful life, because the people we meet that aren’t close to us are the ones who will help us grow and will help us succeed in our given field, she calls them weak ties.
D: How do you feel about the current digitalization of the art world?
L: I think it is extremely helpful, not only for the environment but for emerging artist.
In the past it was harder to find a gallery representation due to the cost of space and the risk the gallery was taking to show an unknown artist. However, now I have more opportunities as an emerging artist to be represented online, since there is barely any costs involved and it is more efficient and has the potential to place my art in front of many more eyes. However, I also believe that art is meant to be experienced most of the time and it is also meant to be shared socially, such as an event or a gallery show. I think that having a balance between keeping the gallery shows local, and perhaps doing online shows for a global market could be the right medium to help reduce one’s carbon footprint.
D: Can you tell us about your collaboration with Siam Circle?
L: The collaboration with Siam Circle came up because I started painting my grid on sweaters and selling them online. The sweaters were a huge success, I sold out the first time I launched them. So after that, Siam Circle and I decided to paint my grid on their upcycle jeans. You can check them out on the Siam Circle website https://siamcircle.us/
D: Is there an artist or work that particularly resonates with you?
L: Yes one of my favorite artist is Bosco Sodi he creates large scale paintings. I am captivated by the way he uses color I find it very interesting. The first time I saw his painting was at Art Basel in Miami, I was fascinated by the three dimensional rough surface and the concentrated blue hues embodied in his work. From all the art pieces in the fair, his painting stood out the most to me, perhaps because I have a natural attraction to color and texture.