Today at 2chairs artspace we have Camila Piana, visual artist based in Berlin, originally came from Peru where she had graduated as an industrial engineer. Also you can name her as a writer but that will be just a half of the truth. She writes family stories in a language invented by her. Her art looks like avant-garde or even suprematism pictures, sometimes reminds Vasiliy Kandinsky compositions. However, if the last found his inspiration in the music and translated melodies into visual art by using certain shapes and colours, Camila's language is based on the precise mathematical calculation to control shapes, sizes, patterns and colours. Can you imagine your family portrait as a circle with cut and moved sectors and segments? For sure, if you are a member of Camila's network of friends and relatives, you've already received it as a present for Christmas, family plays a significant role in her art and life.
Camila, thanks for coming. Please take you two chairs and arrange them as you feel. It looks like your engineering background is far behind but your current artistic practice relies on it, doesn't it?
I think my engineering background is always present in me. The curiosity about how things work has always been there. I am more comfortable with numbers than with words. It has been amazing to explore freely my creative side and discover that my rational tendency reflects so much in my art practice.
So can you say that you are a rational artist?
I don't know if I can define myself as a "rational artist", but for sure my decisions are based on systems that I've created instead of emotions or feelings. On the other hand it doesn't mean that emotions are not involved in my work, on the contrary my practice is extremely personal, all those geometric shapes carry so many stories and memories of the people that I love and miss the most.