9 Nov 2012

I've been Interviewed!

Following the banner I did for Artcetera Online Magazine, I was interviewed.
That was... new! eheheh

Check it out ☞ here ☜

some bits:

"Artc. - Can you tell us you first memory of when you sparked your interest for art?
SF - Both my parents are actors so when I was very little they would either take me to work with them and I'd stay backstage playing with props and other actors, or they would leave me at my grandma's house.My best childhood memories are of being at my grandmother's house doing arts and crafts. Grandma was an art teacher (she's now retired) and she's also a bit of a hoarder so her house is a kid's heaven... She has box after box of different textured papers, bits of fabric, loads of materials to use, it's insane!"

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"Artc. - The other day I was staring at your illustrations and your collages and I was trying to compare the two. Even though they seem to be from two different worlds, there is something that brings them together. I don't know exactly what... maybe a mixture between tenderness and relentlessness, if that's possible. How would you describe your work?
SF - I like the idea of the Uncanny. And Hybrids. There's something agressive but also vulnerable that comes out of mixing humans and animals or disfiguring the human face. I think I play a lot with that.
I have always enjoyed knowing a bit of everything and mixing things up: taking photographs and using them for collages, mixing handwritten typography with my cut-out shapes. I like the possibility of making mistakes and random findings in the process of mixing elements. Illustration allows that - mistakes can make beautiful images.
For that same reason I'm also a bit obsessed about taking double-exposure pictures with a 35mm film camera, an Olympus XA2. I love the surprise element of having to develop the whole film to see the end results and when you expose the film twice or even three times and you are never sure of what you will get. Randomness is a gift."

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"Artc. - Can you tell us a bit about your creative process to developing concepts for your illustrations?
SF - I'm a fan of sketchbooks. Everything is easier when you have some kind of archive of ideas and experiments that you can go back and forth from until you reach the final piece. It's "Organised Chaos".
For freelance work, I do a lot of visual research on the subject and some sketching but it's a pretty quick process because there are usually tight deadlines.
For personal work, there's tiny stories in my head or already an idea of a theme I'd like to explore. 
Choosing materials only comes after this, it's usually the narratives that will influence the type of techniques I use.
For example, Collage or digital drawing is a much quicker method of image-making and I use it when there are several illustrations I'd like to make. Drawing is more of a patience job, it gets my mind off other things and I usually only draw when I feel like I need more time to think about the image I'm making.

Artc. - Your illustrations seem to merge together the drawing tradition with the new technological techniques. What kind of mediums do you use when you are creating your illustrations?

SF - There are three things I'm comfortable with: scissors, micron 005 pens and my wacom tab. My work will revolve around one of these, or maybe a combination of two, but if I have enough time it will then expand somewhere else.
For example, in one of my projects (below) in which I was illustrating a short-story I started off doing pen drawings of the characters and ended up making masks and photographing my friends wearing nothing but that. Because this was a long project I then started exploring with printing those photographs and adding collage elements to it and then retaking a picture of it. For the final piece I actually used the light box of an acetate projector for background to those collages."

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"Artc. - What are you working on right now and what are your future projects?

SF - I'm in the process of finishing an owl mask that I'm making out of thin cardboard. This project also originated my owl drawing, and the mask will be drawn in a similar way, with the same pens. This is for a collaboration with photographer and videographer Dunya Rodrigues who will then use the mask and do her thing.
I also have one of those long-term ongoing projects that started while attending a 2-year MA at Belas Artes in Lisbon in 2010 (which I quit after a year) and is intended to be exhibited whenever it's finished. It's a series of subtracted faces: Portraits in which I cut-out patterns almost until they are disfigured. The interesting thing about this, for me, is that even with half of the image missing you can still see a face....
As for the future, I'm happy to continue working as a freelance between Lisbon and London, illustrating other people's projects and working on my own whenever I can.

By the end of the interview I was asked which artists were worth checking out at the moment, and I am really fond of these, in my opinion they are all really worth googling, so here are the names with Links:

"Art: Patricia Piccinini plays with the idea of the Uncanny, her work is the kind of creepyness-meets-sweetness that I'm into. David Shrigley for his sense of humor but sharpness in critique. Gabriel Orozco... 
Design: I used to be a fan of Stefan Sagmeister's work, but now with all the blogs and re-posts on the internet most of the interesting design and typography works I find are nameless. 
Illustration: Mariana, a Miserável does the most miserable characters, I'm really into the originality of her illustrations. Aryz who did a jaw dropping piece on a building's exterior in downtown Lisbon. Dan Hillier. Conrad Roset. How many am I allowed to mention? 
Sculpture: AJ Fosik does these layered monsters, they look incredible, reminds me of those Chinese new year's celebration dragons... Beth Cavener who makes big sculptures of human-like animals in disturbing poses. And I have to say Miguel Branco, I love his paintings and he also does very small and fragile-looking characters out of Fimo and other materials. 
Cinema: "Mary and Max"by Adam Elliot, it's sad but so good. Anything Wes Anderson. 
Music: Riding Pânico. The best album I bought this year (although it came out last year) was Palácio by Filho da Mãe, I never seem to get tired of it and the guy is amazing to see live, I don't know how he still has a working guitar.

1 comment:

inês said...

I was proud before,
I still am. :)