Laura Iniesta is an insightful artist who resides in Barcelona, Spain. When I stumbled upon her website http://laurainiesta.com/es/, I instantly knew that I had to chat with her. Her abstract paintings are big, bold and daring. They speak to me and in our interview, she does a great job of sharing her process with us …
“… Art is understood from the heart … what matters is the feeling that a work of art makes us feel. The artist reveals his feelings through his works and when they reach the spectator, there is a communication. This is the most important and also the artist’s wish ...”
MICHAEL: Hello Laura! Your paintings are spectacular. They're bold, free and expressive. I can see your freedom in your work. What inspires you to create this way?
LAURA: I would say that my work is the mirror that reflects my experiences. At work, I try to be completely free and let my feelings and my ideas flow without censorship from what is established. I think my work is the “unwritten diary” of my life. The inspiration emerges from the work and I would call it a “state,” the communion of artist and her work.
MICHAEL: For me, what stands out most about your work are the bold, black and red brushstrokes. They're amazing! Why do you do this? Why do you like black and red so much?
LAURA: For me, leaving the brushstroke of first intention is a way to express an affirmation, an idea, with reliability and without doubts. I consider black is elegant, forthright, transcendent, mysterious and its range is infinite. Red is the color of life, luck, passion. I like it. It's almost always great to me presently.
MICHAEL: I've never been to Spain. It seems like such an exciting place, especially Barcelona. But I know your country has been struggling financially. How is the country doing? How are the people doing? Do people have money to buy art? Does Barcelona inspire your work?
LAURA: Spain is going through a serious crisis, like many other countries. Now it seems that the economic situation is starting to improve, but there is still a high rate of unemployment.
Regarding the sale of art, it does not seem to have affected the well-established signatures, but to the sale of works, there is less market quotation.
I lived some years in such countries as Ecuador and Colombia and I have worked long periods in China. I also work with various European galleries, but I feel best for Mediterranean. I love Catalonia and its culture and I feel part of it. I think this is reflected in the expression of my work. I like living in Barcelona. It's a beautiful and magical city.
MICHAEL: What is so special about Catalonia? How do you identify with Catalonia? Also, why did you go to China? What did you learn there?
LAURA: Catalunya is a beautiful country. I identify with their culture, their language (Catalan) and its history dating back to XII century.
My experience in China was going to paint three murals in Shanghai http://laurainiesta.com/es/videos/. There is a making of my work in the murals of Shanghai I lived there for several months and worked repeatedly to complete them. It has been a great experience working with such large formats (14x11m). I also saw that my work had some things in common and they also work with expressive lines in calligraphy and in China, red is an important color.
MICHAEL: When you paint, is it more about thoughts or feelings? What is the painting process like? Is it ever spiritual? What does painting do for you? Why do you paint?
LAURA: If, when I paint, I let flow my feelings and transfer to the work.
Abstract art is very close to poetry or music and by creating, you feel in a very special status. When you work, the rhythm, the balance, the strength and the subtlety are some elements that you play. For this I need to have the sensitivity close to the surface of the skin.
MICHAEL: Laura, So many people are afraid of contemporary art because they don't understand it. Many people think that they have to be highly- educated to understand art. What do you think about this?
LAURA: Art is understood from the heart … what matters is the feeling that a work of art makes us feel. The artist reveals his feelings through his works and when they reach the spectator, there is a communication. This is the most important and also the artist’s wish.
MICHAEL: Finally Laura, What is the meaning of art? Why should people care about art? Many people have big problems and they have to buy food and pay rent. Why should they care about art?
LAURA: I like this question ... My opinion is that access of all citizens to culture is essential to make a better world for all. Art makes us more human, freer, helps us discover our feelings and therefore enriches us as human beings. Art is culture and art history is the history of mankind.
MICHAEL: Yes it is. Thanks Laura. Love your work.
LAURA: Thanks! Laura.
Check out Laura Iniesta at http://laurainiesta.com/es/.