Today we are meeting Ilaria Miotto, an italian artist based in Venice. Currently finishing her MA, Miotto not only was seleceted for the ReA! Art Fair in Milan but was also involved in "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey", a collective exhibition at the Giudecca Art Discrict in Venice. Her research focuses on two very important topics for our generation: identity and metamorphosis.
How do you think your education shaped you as an artist?
My education was always a driving element in my artistic path. I was very lucky to express whatever I wanted to say, trying to be the medium that brings to life the images that already exist but are not visible.
I completed my studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice and that experience was crucial for my career, I needed to understand what I wanted to communicate and the confrontation with contemporary art was also an important step.
Identity and metamorphosis are two very crucial topics in your artistic research. Why?
My dedication towards identity and metamorphosis developed after years of research and study. It comprehends the concept of identity as a medium for analyzing our memories, our past traumas.
The work to be done in this direction involves the stratification of various materials. Not only oil paints, chalk, resin, glue or latex. What is left are the marks of extreme violence, just like the act of overwriting new traces on something that existed before.
Who are you all-time favorite artists?
The artist that are closest to my vision are Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Christian Boltanski, Maria Lai, Sophie Calle, Annette Messager, Vija Celmins, Kiki Smith, Alberto Burri, Rebecca Horn.
How do you search for materials in your creative process?
All of my research is based on the visual and psychological analysis based on Tarkovskij, Bergman and Fellini’s movies – for example – or in general, in Russian literature. On a practical level, my research is also based on the experimentation of marterials chained to others, mostly related to the conservation of the work of art.