December 2016_by Federica Tattoli
How would you present your work?
Most of the time in the context of an installation.
Could you tell me something about the project for the Missoni Boutique in NY?
I’ve been invited by Angela Missoni to participate to the Surface Conversions project at the Madison store. I’ve worked on a site-specific installation on the corner window of the Madison Avenue store. The windows are mounted with a large black and white vinyl depicting cowgirls. I have an installation inside of fifteen light boxes – each mounted with images of a wooden fence.
You use to work with old press images from the 40’s representing woman, why you started and what that woman represents for you?
I work with appropriated press images of women from the 40’s, 50’s , 60’s and 70’s, some of whom are heroes of mine, some who are seen as anti-heroes. That era, the 40’s to the 70’s is particularly charged in relation to a redefining of the role and identity of women in the society, of their self image, an evolving process which continues to this day.
Your works are images but seem kind of sculpture… which is your relationship with materials?
In the latest bodies of work, I have worked the image in volume, to approach sculptography, when the image becomes spatial. It’s like going from the flat dimension of an image to the actual three dimensional material space. It gives a physicality to it. The image I used are carried on material and supports that encourage a re-evaluation of the subject, allow for the inclusion of the viewer, and destabilize the idea of a fixed position vis-a-vis our place in the world.
Could you tell me something about The Cornichons project?
It’s a band that was founded in 2013 by John Miller, Aura Rosenberg, Dan Walworth, my husband Jose Martos and myself.We play a mix of original songs and cover versions. Angela Missoni invited us to perform at the Surface Conversion project’s opening. I sing and play percussions.
Where do you make your works?
Inside and outside my studio, depends on the need of the production.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A box cutter I guess.
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
Any collection that would make sense for me to have my work in or would want it. There is one collection though that I particularly like is the Margulies collection in Miami (since I am flying down there right now).
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
Can I skip some questions…
Day or night?
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question…
I dont know…that’s the answer.
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
I am starting to work with pegboard sheets, silkscreening them with their own image. I want for a while to resist representational imagery and work with simply a repetitive pattern with a nonhierarchical structure.
What are you reading?
Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black by Cookie Mueller
Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun
Where would you like to live?
Where I leave now.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Barbara Kruger, Sherry Levine, Richard Prince…
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
Be a civil right activist.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
It’s hard to answer…artists of my generation.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
A dream of yours?
Walking through clear water in a pool painted black.