MONICA BIZZARRI

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

MB: I would say its modern organic textile art because all the dyes that I use are natural and therefore the only textiles I use are 100% wool, silk, cotton, and linen but I consider that the textures and the compositions I create are modern.

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

MB: Although nature is my main source of inspiration, my Italian and Mexican cultures are very present in the whole creation process.

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

MB: I’m constantly observing my surroundings, especially people and nature. Things that catch my eye stay in my mind and I let them ramble around and stay there until I’m ready to represent that idea, and as soon as that happens, I start dyeing, sewing, and not sleeping until I have a sample of what’s in my head. It’s very difficult to sketch fabrics and its textures so this is my only way to put down my ideas.

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

MB: I think one of the most beautiful things about nature is that it will always amaze us no matter how old or experienced we are. So, with my pieces I would like to invite people to stop for a second and look around them and let themselves be amazed by nature.

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

MB: I don’t have a routine. I like waking up and deciding what I’m going to do each day. That makes every day so dynamic and I never get bored.

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?

MB: I think there should be a balance of both. Planning is good for organization and structure but there should also be space for exploration and impulsiveness.

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

MB: Patience. I used to be very impatient and wanted to see in real life what I had in my head, but quality requires time.

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

MB: I do think personal style is a great way to express yourself (at least for me). But I don’t think it’s of high importance. What we wear tells us nothing about the person, who they are, their taste etc…

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artis

MB: The economical part. Not knowing how much money you’ll get every month is complicated… I find it difficult to organize and plan for the future.

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

MB: I love being my own boss and being able to express myself fully, doing what I love most every day.

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

MB: So many… if i had to pick, I would say El Anatsui and Yayoi Kusama.

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

MB: I think its very very useful as long as it doesn’t take over the real stuff.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

MB: I think that depends on each person and their personality. But I certainly have a lot of time to reflect on it.

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

MB: I absolutely love traveling. I’m more of a mountain or ocean kind of person. I recently went on a hike in Bryce Canyon. As soon as we arrived it started snowing and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen… I started happy crying immediately haha.

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

MB: I’m reading “La casa de los espíritus” by Isabel Allende and it’s becoming my favorite book so far. The way she uses magical realism is incredible and so true (in Mexico).

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

MB: I have so many things planned! I’ll be exhibiting at design week Mexico and art week Mexico as well as spectrum Miami. I also have a new collection coming up and I can’t wait to present it to the public.

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

MB: Being an artist means chaos, and peace, and questioning yourself and your environment constantly, and learning from everything and everyone you see, and messing everything up, and starting again, and patience (a lot of it), and A LOT of work.

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

MB: Serious – Ady Suleiman

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

MB: I figured that the harmonious look that all my pieces together have in common is because all the projects come from the earth. The dyes and the fabrics come from the earth, and that’s what gives it such a unique aesthetic.

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