PEPA PRIETO

1_850CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

PP: I am a painter.  I use the language of painting to explore memory and personal narratives. Trying to build intuitive links to my own work, other narratives, and the wider world of our own time.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

PP: Books, working in the studio, nature, walks, conversations around my neighborhood (Brooklyn) with my husband as he is a painter too.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

PP: I start by thinking about a subject, reading and researching it. Then writing down ideas and making a series of sketches that would then lead me to possible paintings. This is all a very loose process in the sense that it is just used to give myself some coordination or a push to start working on the painting. I work by families of paintings. This can go for years, I have been working for the past 2 years in the same family of paintings.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

3_850PP: Hopefully they are interested. As a painter I believe you want people to look at a painting once they have entered the exhibition. Even if is for a short instant. There is not much more you can do.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

PP: At this moment, I work a lot. I wake up, walk to the studio, paint, come back home and start all over again.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

PP: I think there is no “better way”. Everyone is different and has a different process. In my case once I am ready to start painting I do not follow my plans. I work from intuition or I leave room for the painting to talk back to me and from there I decide what will be the next step. One step takes me to the next. Of course, there is a lot of trial and error, and editing.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

PP: You must be on good terms with failure and uncertainty because these are part of being a professional Artist.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

PP: You need to develop your own world as an Artist.

4_850CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

PP: Uncertainty.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

PP: Uncertainty.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

PP: Many, Louise Bourgeois was the first female artist that I really became obsessed with. Her text and drawings. I think at this moment there are so many good artist but to name a few that I follow: Laura Owens, Camille Henrot, Helen Marten, Phyllida Barlow, Charline von Heyl.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

PP: Everything is useful as an Artist, technology is just another tool. We are now completely immersed in technology not just as artists but as individuals. So yes, its fundamental, as its part of our daily life.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

5_850PP: I do, I travel a lot for work and pleasure. I do not have a favorite city.  I like cities that are near a natural element, close to the water or the mountains. Venice, Lisbon, New York, Paris, Granada, Hong Kong, Montevideo, Palma de Mallorca, to name a few.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

PP:  I like poetry, more and more I am starting to be interested in reading History.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

PP: At the moment, I have a solo show at Xippas Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. And I am working towards another solo show that will open soon in Los Angeles at Walter Maciel Gallery, so I am very busy.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

PP: As a painter, you have a lot of freedom. So, freedom.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

PP: My Morning Jacket, Wonderful.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

PP: Thank you for the interview Ivanna /Ch.89 Mag.

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