GIACOMO INCANNELLA INTERVIEW
1. What’s your type of art? The main genre and typology? And how did you get into it? How did you learn it and refined it?
I am a figurative painter, somewhat bound to the analytical rendering of the 'real' even though I try to distort it. I attended a three-year painting program in an Art Academy, but I don't feel strictly like a painter; rather, I consider myself a naive painter as I am not well-versed in techniques and have few references. The first canvases I created in search of a personal style were inspired by the optical effect of a bent computer screen, which annoyingly altered colors while I enjoyed a good movie. However, when extracted from the context, it produced a pleasant effect. So, I decided to work on this play of contrasts by selecting provocative and symbolic subjects that gradually became more personal and inspired by the surrounding environment. I used acrylic paint because of its fast-drying time and its relatively new medium that resonates well with the reality of machines. I mainly looked to Ed Paschke and Baquiat for inspiration. Nowadays, I'm experimenting with oil paint and find great inspiration from Doig.
2. When did you realize you were and artist? What’s your education and background? Did you have interesting and related experiences or did you start from scratch and you are a self-taught artist? Describe it.
I learned the basics of drawing on my own and then further developed my skills in graphic design school and academy. Painting is a field I entered during my academy years, where I am still navigating tentatively. It both attracts and repels me for various reasons. I feel more comfortable in the world of illustration and comics, which I have been pursuing for a longer time and with more consistency. These are interests that I pursue on an amateur level.
3. Someone said: doctors cure people and engineers build houses, artists don’t. Do you think art is useful? Had it been? Will it be? And where do you consider yourself positioned in this? is there any role of art nowadays?
I believe that art is valuable as a result of cultural expression, even just for its historical significance. Regardless of this, art influences and surrounds us; just look at music, where there is a genre suitable for everyone. Art can be therapeutic. Of course, it cannot be compared to a medical/surgical intervention (which primarily affects the physical aspect of being), as they are two different things and cannot be placed on the same level. For me, artistic expression is liberation, creation, the way I've had since childhood to express my thoughts and release my mind, a method of escape that collides with self-reflection. It's a form of meditation.
4. As an emergent artist, do you think you developped or acheived a style/ Savoir Faire? If so, describe it please. If not, are you trying to find it?
I am trying to find a balance and allow myself to engage in more in-depth exploration in the field of visual arts. I feel that I have much to experiment with before I can define something personal, pure, and sincere.
5. What’s your environment? It can be family, relationship, school, work, etc. Describe your personal space, studio, room, creative space where you actually think and create.
Currently, I find solace in my parents' house, where I can comfortably dedicate myself to reading and drawing. I miss having companionship to discuss these topics, but for now, I am content with this arrangement.
6. Do you think young artists needs a support like the platform Aemergent? And how this must be done in order to make you develop your own experience as professional?
It's a great project. It's not stressful and provides a lot of freedom. The internet allows everyone to connect with people from all over the world instantly, making it an excellent tool for sharing that eliminates distances. When used properly, it can only be helpful. I find ÆMERGENT to be a good way to harness these possibilities.
7. What are you actually working on? Future projects?
I am currently learning to paint with oil, which is a medium I have always overlooked. Step by step, I would like to learn to use various mediums so that I can understand their peculiarities and eventually use them in symbiosis on the same support. This technique greatly attracts me, but I have yet to replicate it with satisfactory results.
8. To end this interview, choose your favorite work and talk about it. Can be the best on to describe you, your sensibility and methodology. The flagship one.
My judgments regarding the works I create are always changeable, but often I prefer the latest work because it represents me the most at that particular moment. The last painting I completed was started three years ago and was left to ferment in a dark room. After various ups and downs, it was finally completed and now reflects one of the most current stages of my being. There are several symbols (many references to mysticism), a main figure wearing a jester's hat, and a festive atmosphere. The title is taken from a poem by Rumi, "Out There," which says, "[...] You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop." I enjoy starting to paint with a somewhat vague idea of the subject and gradually adding suggestions related to the theme, creating this overlap, a sort of information overload that tries to find its own order in the composition.