The Other Art Fair is coming up in a few weeks time and at FAD we thought we would give you an insight/snap shot at some of the great artists who will be showing from the 22nd November this year.
Carla Nizzola is our third artist previe
1 Is this the first time you will be exhibiting at TOAF ?
It is my second time. My first time was in May this year and I enjoyed it/learnt so much from it that I decided to apply again.
2 What will you be exhibiting ?
A combination of old and recent works. I will be selling limited editions of my older works and will be displaying my most recent original artwork on the wall space. I am in the process of making new work at the moment. Watch this space!
3 Did you study fine art ? And if you did where did you study ?
Yes I did a foundation course in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, then travelled North to Lancaster University where I studied Fine Art and Art History. I then went on to do a Masters in Professional Contemporary Arts Practice at the same University. It wasn’t my initial plan but it was a new course and I figured I new the recources well so I went for it.
4 Which artists have influenced your work ?
Robert Smithson and Andy Goldsworthy for the way they shift viewers perceptions of their surroundings. Anish Kapoor for the tactile qualities of his work. David Hockney and his ability to stay true to his practice as well as move with the times. Jon Hoyland for his beutifully unique abstract paintings and experimantal technique, Olafur Eliasson, Rachel Whiteread, Cy Twombly….I am also a bit of an Abstract Expressionist at heart: Jackson Pollock, Agnes martin, Willem De Kooning and I love Robert Rauschenberg and his ‘is it modern/post modern’ work. The list goes on!
5. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
My work is inspired by place – often construction, or line/shape. I love taking the ordinary (be it a building or object) and making it into something completely new and exciting – shifting peoples perceptions and giving new experiences. I play with the control vs chaos theory – the chaotic being a large part of my work which is spontaneous and innate. Many pieces are good mistakes. I let the materials do the talking and let the painting be created in that moment in time. So you could say it deoends where I am, how I am feeling and what I am listening to on how the painting turns out. My work is very raw and organic. Each painting is an experience of mine – myself on a canvas.
6. How do you start the process of making work?
I start with the background and work on a few pieces at the same time. I lay out all my materials and start pouring, flciking, scrathing etc. The core structure/subject matter of the painting usually depends on where I have been, where I am and what I have photographed. This part is a lot harder and takes more time. I lay out all my photographs amongst the painted canvas and start to piece together different structures/elements for a strong composition.
7. What do you hope to achieve from exhibiting at TOAF?
I would love to meet a gallerist and some strong contacts to work with in future. I would also love to sell a few pieces and I always enjoy recieiving feedback for future works.
8. What plans do you have after TOAF ?
Continue to make work and exhibit. To share a studio in London (I am currently working out of 3 different locations!!) Perhaps catch up with a few fellow artists and create our own exhibition….?
You can buy work from Carla Nizzola here : www.riseart.com/carla-nizzola