Interview 003: Alejandra Jaimes
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" I started losing the fear of being wrong and investigating how I wanted to express myself until I reached my channel and code. It's all about constant trial and error."
What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to help me express concepts through the emotions I am not able to communicate by any other channel than art. it's about creating a space where I can be free and project the equilibrium between my chaos and my art pieces. It is probably the reason why I am obsessed with balance, the sharpness of form or color, and I constantly seek to reconcile two opposites; lightness and weight in motion. Also, I do believe once a piece it's finished, it has an own way to communicate with the spectator. And so, in a way, I think each piece has extraordinary independence from the artist and can have a thousand meanings.
What does the term ART mean to you?
For me, art is the freest and most infinite medium with which the human being can express themselves.
Who are your biggest influences?
Regarding influences, probably those that have a more direct impact on my work are architecture, sculpture, painting, or performance. Among the artists I admire are Sophie Calle, Maria Teresa Hincapié, María José Arjona, Ana Mendieta, Henry Matisse, Frida Khalo, Marina Abramovic, Pablo Picasso, Pina Bausch, Vasili Kandinski, etc. I’ve romantized the past, the present it’s in stand by and the future it’s unpredictable...
If you do not feel as influenced necessarily by people, what countries/place/alternatives influence you and works as an artist?
I think every place can grow us differently, this is why is so important to travel and to educate ourselves, every single place I've visited it has touched me differently and It’s very eye-opening! In my personal life, I've been navigating between my south American heritage and growing up in contrast in the European culture.
How have you developed your career/What gave you the desire and push to create and be an artist?
My career has developed in a very genuine way. I started losing the fear of being wrong and investigating how I wanted to express myself until I reached my channel and code. It's all about constant trial and error.
How do you stay focused with each project, considering the recent pandemics?
I ask to myself every day. To me has been very challenging as an artist whose work talks about the movement occupying the space, so it has been difficult for me to be creative, seeing myself deprived and limited of places has put me in a position where I need to reset my process.
What are your plans as an artist?
I am currently working on a personal project related to emotional architecture. I am interested in how the individual shapes their personality in the spaces they lived. It is a project that was conceived in 2020 and in which I reinforced the meaning of how important a house.
What do you feel needs to change most bout the arts industry?
We need to promoting and making more visible the importance of culture and art. I think there is still a need to do an emphasis on supporting and funding small projects and emerging artist collectives.
I feel blessed to be surrounded by such nice creative friends. And so, my atmosphere and hard work are responsible for where I am now.
Artist always have a similar idea of not feeling as if their work is as magnificent as the viewer, the concept of being hard on oneself is a familiar pre judgement of artist. Do you feel the same? If so, why do you feel this is so, and if not, how do you stay confident with each works you put out?
I feel it's a misconceived idea. We should work to being hard on ourselves to improve our work but not to put ourselves down. it's about balancing a personal and professional self-esteem.
How do you stay motivated considering the Art’s industry having its own conforming issues?
I don't focus my motivation on what the art industry expects from me, but what I expect myself discovering my limits. otherwise, it wouldn't make sense to me. It is about not to be conforming to your process it’s the only way that leads you to the next step.
Tell me how your creative process works?
My creative process begins by reviewing my notes. Instead of drawing a sketch a priori, I write it and mix it with photos and videos that I collect and organize by shape or material until I shape the project. It feels great to be part of Anticlone Gallery, working with friends and creatives and learning day by day it’s continuous nourishment.
How do you feel you'd like to see your works curated?
I think the most important it’s to create an atmosphere where the spectator could feel the lightness and the no gravity in each installation to begin a dialogue with the spectator.
After reflecting on 2020, how do you feel 2021 will impact your creative process?
At this point I feel we all need to reinvented ourselves.
What are your plans for 2021?
Fight the new ‘normality’ and find a new way to make things happen
How do you feel your Art will evolve/ You envision your Artist directions will be?
I would love to add more writing somehow into my work. I would love to create a book!
How do you feel parting/selling your works?
it is a mixture of feelings. for me, at least, it's not easy. - I am very emotional with my pieces, but over time I take it much better – It’s about categorizing your work.
Where do you envision your art to be in future? What are your plans with your work?
I don’t like to envision in long term. But I do know I want to keep creating.
"I do believe once a piece it's finished, it has an own way to communicate with the spectator. And so, in a way, I think each piece has extraordinary independence from the artist and can have a thousand meanings."
"I’ve romantized the past, the present it’s in stand by and the future it’s unpredictable...."
"Alejandra's work work surrounds and explores light, space and emotion an linear shapes. The viewer almost has a sense of time being an illusion whilst looking at each piece. The formation, transforms the viewer within moment.
She leads and develops the viewer to be still for that moment, without judgment or forced sense of both realisation and calm arises.
Each Sculpture enables the viewer to explore Art in movement, as well as evoke a sense of self reflection." - Sade English
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