As part of our mission to introduce extraordinary people through visionary visuals on The 7th Magazine, we have extended the opportunity for detailed stories to accompany such magnificence here on Luxury Chapters. In the Spring/Summer ’18 release of The 7th Magazine’s Exclusivity Issue, we share the Art + Design featured artist – Mimi Rico. Her exclusive interview follows –
Tell us about you as an artist, Mimi Rico –
I am an intermediate space between the audiovisual culture that I have absorbed for years and the techniques I learn in order to express myself. I am in a continuous process of introspective search in which the subconscious connects fully with the conscious part in order to create “unreal realities”. I like to skirt the fine line of the possible and the impossible, since in that frontier is, in my opinion, the most interesting part of the human being, the imagination.
How has living in the Canary Islands influenced your artistry?
Living in some islands deeply marks the way you perceive what surrounds you. My childhood was on the island of Lanzarote, a piece of lava in the middle of the ocean, and that allowed me to grow up in a magical environment where creation and destruction live intertwined. Living in such a finite space of land causes the imagination to struggle to feel free. Being away from the cultural circuits of the metropolis forces you to create the things you want, since nobody is going to come and offer them to you. This situation of estrangement, in turn, provides a lack of prejudice when creating that I consider very positive.
How would you best describe your artistic expression?
If I had to label my work, it would be “collage-fauvist”, since color plays a very important role as an expressive vehicle. For my works, I start with a classic theme such as portraiture, but when I create it through collage and the urban colors of spray painting, I create a dichotomy between the classic and the new. What I’m looking for is finding the beauty that hides between pieces of paper and colors, since the new will end up becoming classic and vice versa. Beauty is more important than novelty. As Plato said “it is necessary that the art of the Muses culminate in the love of beauty.” How has music influenced your artistry? Music has always been a constant in my life, since it has the ability to make the subconscious flourish, which is my creative engine. What I hear the most when I work is trip-hop, low-fi, jazz down-tempo, dark trap and all those repetitive rhythmic genres that allow me to enter a kind of trance, in which the outside world does not exist, only my cuts and the paint sprays.
Describe the portraiture art exclusively made for this feature on The 7th Magazine –
This work is the reflection of the ancestral drive of the human being in seeking messiahs in which to believe, be it in the spiritual, political or artistic aspect. I wanted to visualize it by re-reading the classic iconography of Renaissance religious portraits, but using current techniques, such as stencil and spray painting. In this way I update a desire that has always been there.
How has music influenced your artistry?
Music has always been a constant in my life, since it has the ability to make the subconscious flourish, which is my creative engine. What I hear the most when I work is trip-hop, low-fi, jazz down-tempo, dark trap and all those repetitive rhythmic genres that allow me to enter a kind of trance, in which the outside world does not exist, only my cuts and the paint sprays.
What emotions & feelings have been expressed within this exclusivity collection?
In this collection you can see emotions as diverse as doubt, warmth, desire, happiness, insecurity and the need to believe in something.
Where do you see your art in the future?
I see it both in art galleries and in the world of advertising, because I have enough versatility to work in both spaces. In the creative aspect I am working on increasing my chromatic vocabulary to be able to express myself with more nuances.