I AM AN ANIMAL
I am an animal. A female human animal. A female animal who paints. And, when I paint, I want to show, to share the deep perception of female beings. Inspired, forced by my inner female condition, radiating to/from other powerful women, goddesses, mythical queens… Helping the paper, allowing it to transform itself into windows, opening to my secluded inner world. Always self-questioning, always finding unexpected answers. Still in search, still growing, always beginning. Proudly living the ME as SHE.
Today, with what I feel is my most exciting post to date, I bring you an interview with outsider folk artist, Julia Sisi. I’m extremely appreciative that she agreed to do this and I hope you guys enjoy her passion. If you’re interested in purchasing her work, you can do so here.
Tell me a bit about you. What is your background?
I was born in 1957 in Argentina, from Spanish mother and South-American Aboriginal father (Guarani Indians). In the latest seventies my native country was dominated by military dictators, so in 1980 I moved to live in Spain. In 2003 I established my home-studio in the volcanic island of El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, not far from Northwest Africa, in the middle of the Atlantic Sea.
How did you become interested in the arts?
I was the typical little girl, always drawing and making dresses for my dolls since I remember… I was born that way.
How would you describe your art?
Visual art can’t be described by words, it’s visual. Other people say my art is colorful, detailed, obsessive, outsider… I don’t describe it, I just do it.
What inspires you?
My art is my life journal, all the things I see, what happens to me, what I read… all of that appears sooner or later, involuntarily, in my drawings, paintings or assemblages.
Who inspires you?
Animals inspires me more than humans.
What motivates you to create?
While I’m creating I enjoy the sense of freedom, infinite options and self-decision.
Does color have any effect on you? Do you have a set of colors that you tend to gravitate towards? If so, why?
I use colors as I see them in nature, and I use lines and textures exactly as I see in nature. All the things, they have texture and colors… if you examine closely your hand (maybe you could need a magnifying glass to understand what I’m saying), you could see your skin is completely cover with textures, lines and colors… like that, I see the whole world.
Where can we see your work in 2013?
- Dec 18, 2012/Jan 31, 2013 – SINGULAR ART FEST, National Library, Bucharest, ROMANIA
- Feb 15/Mar 12 – CIRCUS TERMINAL Art Tour, Studio B, Boyertown, PA, USA
- April 13/May 18 – MONDO MONTAGE, Funhouse Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
- Jul 13/ Aug 24 – CIRCUS TERMINAL, Outsider Art Gallery, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS