Today we travel to the world of Eva Claessens, a multidisciplinary Belgian artist who captures emotions with her subtle line. A distinctive style that is instantly recognizable and that we present together with Frenchy Madrid for the first time in Spain. With her we know part of her universe. From Garzón (Uruguay), where he resides, he travels with a fluid movement to stand only where he feels good.
COULD YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, YOUR CAREER AND HOW YOUR INTEREST IN ART IS BORN?
I was born and raised in Antwerp, but I left Belgium when I was 18 and then I spent seven years in Italy, fifteen in France, and six in Uruguay. At six or seven I told my parents that when I grew up I wanted to be an artist and that I was going to Italy to paint. My interest in art arose in an intuitive way and I went to Italy without knowing anyone and without any external conditioning.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My inspiration is in my head, I always seek to capture specific emotions and feelings in motion, but my work is rooted in nature. Being outdoors in the natural world gives me freedom in my mind and body to express my thoughts. In a city, for example, with many people and distraction, I feel overwhelmed and it is impossible to breathe. This kind of life would lead to a totally different kind of art: something that is not "me".
YOU HAVE TOUCHED DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES, WHAT IS YOUR WORK PROCESS LIKE?
I paint with acrylic on various supports such as linen and cotton. I sculpt and also make engravings. There is deep research around each piece. It is something that I do since I am very young and that I enjoy. I always paint from real models, never from photographs, so part of the process is sharing time with them, even when they are couples, so that later the pose flows freely, with subtlety.
"My work has its estate In nature."
“I am a citizen of the world, I am in places for the time that I feel I should be"
WHAT FEELING IS MOST REPEATED IN YOUR WORK?
I capture emotions, sensations, moments of everyday life. I think that my work is more to feel than to define, it is not intellectual, it talks about moments of the day to day, that is why I like to give it the appearance that it is not finished, like life itself, and with the idea that each person can conclude the piece with your gaze.
HOW HAVE THE LAST TWO YEARS AFFECTED YOU AT THE ARTISTIC LEVEL?
I have continued creating even though some projects were stopped. I have not been able to travel, but on an artistic level I have not stopped working.
WHAT INFLUENCE HAVE THE TRAVELS HAD ON YOUR WORK?
Art moves me, when I travel it is for work and sometimes I have stayed in the destination in a very natural way, without premeditation. I never travel without pencils, paper, and a good book.
YOU WERE BORN IN AMBER, BUT YOU HAVE LIVED IN DIFFERENT PLACES, INDIA, FRANCE, CHICAGO ... EVEN IN THE DESERT OF ISRAEL DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF ANYWHERE?
I am a citizen of the world, I am in the places for the time that I feel I should be, they are not fixed stops, it is a fluid movement and some places trap me.
"I capture emotions, sensations, moments of everyday life"
WHAT WORK ARE PRESENTED IN RV74? WHAT DO ALL THE EXPOSED PARTS HAVE IN COMMON?
It is the work that I have been doing for the last year. All the work presented are moments of an emotion, a specific point of a feeling that I have portrayed live.
DO YOU FIND ANY LINK BETWEEN ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE, THE PASSAGE OF TIME AND YOUR WORK?
They are very beautiful marriages, my paintings are light, with few lines and the old pieces have a lot of life and emotion behind them. They embrace each other.
"All the work presented are moments of emotion."