Interview with sculptor Lidia Russo by Dino Marasà

Lidia Russo artist art interview sculptureFor you, what is the emotion of being an artist?

The emotion of being an artist is a subjective experience. For me it is like being able to take a journey full of stimuli relevant to psychological evolutions due to the integrity of one's "self". So the emotion is nothing but a feeling full of "positive energy" that derives from the vibrations of the soul.

When you create your works, do you cast it first or rather do you think of it and process it first?

My works are shaped by casting, their design is already innate in the mind. In the creation of my works there is harmony between soul and mind, they are elaborated in different periods; through ethereal dreams or from what my mind manages to capture and is fascinated and mesmerized with at that moment. Frequently I happen to sculpt works that for many years have remained "persevered" in one of the drawers of my mind and I exhume them to the "Light" without any difficulty. Only by placing my hands on pieces of material or chisel does my energy emanate. This is how the origins of my works descend. Often transversely involved for many months of studied research, my mind is captured in a surreal journey made of the history of the past: archaeoastronomy, archeology, prehistory, protohistory, anthropology, philosophy, physics, music, Muses of Ancient Greece, changes of the cosmos. After wandering for several months, in my mind, the work is ready to be created, sculpted or shaped in a sublime way, and to be acclaimed and exalted to the knowledge of my audience. Some historians of contemporary art on the international scene have described me as a sculptress-philosopher by creating a very communicative art and at the same time becoming a narrator of history and time and spirit.

Is the world your only source of inspiration or are you also inspired by other artists?

The world is not my only source of inspiration, it pushes the individual to create a work in many cultures. Also there is an influence of other artists, and an evolution of inner growth and knowledge of other ethnic groups.

When you create are you conscious that you transmit a message? What would you like to be the response from the audience? 

When I shape or sculpt my works I am aware of being myself; being certain in my actions and of being aware of the difficulties and risks, made in a thoughtful and responsible way. I try to devote messages of historic traditions that are handed down from generation to generation. What answer would I like from my audience: I would prefer to be acclaimed and counted with an attitude of benevolence and indulgence towards the method of my research-studio and my work that lead to knowledge of the history of the past. And remain in their hearts and minds, emerging young people who begin to walk the path to the art world. And to be able to make good use of them, for a life full of values, and always be oneself.

How important is dialogue with the great artists? Which of them do you appreciate most? 

Knowing how to relate with the dialogues of the great artists of the past is fundamental. Since they have designated us successors of a noble heritage that is history in order to be able to nurture our studies for the growth of our art. They represent the great pillars of human history. And for us artists is a primary obligation, to be able to keep and count in their memory in a dignified and thoughtful manner with seriousness and conscience through our art. The artists I admire the most and come closer to my style are: Michelangelo, Raphael, Rodin, Bellini, Bernini, Arturo Martini, Marini, Botero, Manzù, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Franz Borghese, Van Gogh, Camille Claudel.

Art is the rigor of form, freedom of expression or a compromise between both?

Art is a compromise between freedom of expression and rigor. It is great discipline and research carried out with great precision: it is a form of communication of objective freedom of an individual experience, that is, the act of expressing what one feels; you think: feelings, will, own ideas, joy.

Have you ever given up on making art? 

I considered the idea of ​​renouncing making art. Being a sculptor is inexplicable, not being able to have financial support from someone or the State. It is sad. Being a woman-sculptor, from the beginning of my career I was resolved to self-finance my art. And not to allow myself to be contaminated by immorality and not to give in to compromises or commoditizations. Because true art requires that the true artist is not only a wise person, but must be very transcendental. After intense years of career. I had come to recede and give up my most powerful passion for sculpture. At the moment I express my gratitude, first of all to my family and to all those who have supported me in that succinct period not to give up. They are competent and professionals of Contemporary Art and consider my work remarkable and prestigious; I can not mention their names for professional ethics. Considering today with hindsight of thoughtfulness and metaphorically speaking, I maintain that fortunately artists are born and not become. It is very difficult to do without something you want or have. To spontaneously desist from a right and persevere with a Beautiful Legacy. Retaliating the gift of art is like depriving a person of his life and his soul. It is not possible to desist from the love for the art that is innate in you. We are chosen people. 

Have you ever expressed yourself with other forms of art: writing, poetry, music, etc.?

All expressions and art forms are universal languages. Art in all its expressive manifestations is idyllic. It is a way of giving shape to sublime journeys. The predilections and the interest in which I love to try in my free time are various forms of art: poetry, painting, raku ceramics, Hispanic singing, music, dance etc. My pre-eminent passion is sculpture. Shaping or sculpting and being able to perceive vibrations through the life of matter, which pervade transversely and flood your soul with ecstasy. It is like being able to travel a journey and feel in a "Heavenly Cosmos".
Interview with the sculptor Lidia Russo released to the publisher Dino Marasà