Thursday, April 23, 2009

Interview with Maria Rozalia Finna

q)Please introduce yourself.

a)My name is Maria Rozalia Finna

and I make art.

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I live and work in Melbourne which

is the arts capital of Australia.

q) How would you describe your work

to someone who has never seen it?

a)That is hard to answer...everyone

sees things in their own way.

The feedback i usually get is 'cute,weird,

trippy' tell me?

q) How did you start in the arts? How/when

did you realize you were an artist?

a)I used to draw a lot as a child, I prefered

drawing and colouring in to playing with toys.

I had craft books and fairytales that had

a big influence on me.

I'd spend lots of time constructing odd crafty

objects, sewing, drawing fairytale characters

like Snow White and Alice in Wonderland,

and inventing characters of my own.

This was my own private world that I really

enjoyed, its another dimension of invention

when you create, even if you are just a child.

I went on to various 'Art Institutions' when

I completed my secondary education...And then

had some wonderland adventures of my own..

q) What are your favorite art materials and why?

a)That depends on my mood. Digital art can be

really fun,it take less time to create and

also have some wonderful effects.

Oil painting is my prefered medium thought,

it does take longer to bring into the world

and a good studio space is essential but it feels

natural to me.

Sometimes i draw, but it's usually just to

take an idea to the next level.

q) What/who influences you most?

a)Really..that would take too long to answer,

there is a whole universe to consider after all..

At the moment i am interested in fertility,

botany, science and microcosms.

I've been thinking of buying a microscope

and a telescope too, but I'm afraid that i would

spend all of my days and nights

peering through the lenses mesmerised by the

wonders of the world. I have a habit of getting

lost in light, colour and movement.

q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)When i worked on my last series of oils called

'Trinity' I'd wake up at midday and spend a few

hours getting sunshine and just being a part of the

world. I think if you are painting from morning

to night and are confined to your studio all day

you will drive yourself mad.I normally started

painting late afternoon and worked into the night.

I am like a night owl, night is when i light up like

the moon and feel most inspired and productive...when

the streets are quiet and people are sleeping.

There is something magical about the night, even

when you hear the word 'magic' you can't help

but think of the stars

q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to

achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)Really just to do what i want to, when i want

to and how i want to...which may sound vague

but i think freedom is important.I believe

humans are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional

which i believe is the nature of psychedelia.

To be able to express whatever i so desire,

all the sides that have as yet gone unseen in the

3rd Dimension is a lifetimes worth or work.

q) What contemporary artists or developments

in art interest you?

a)Gregory Jacobsen is interesting to me at the

moment because he expresses feeling so well,

and makes me feel so clean.

I think there is more room for sound art/installations

in the art world, atleast here in Melbourne.

At my exhibition i asked my friend Robert

Bravington AKA Oracio to create a sonic interactive

installation which he did and it was great. It

was called L.E.R.S.A (Lights, Electronic, Resonance,

Sound, Analysis). It conveyed in an audio and

visual sense that everything is made of an inherant

frequency or vibration. It was really cool.

q) How long does it typically take you to

finish a piece?

a)That all depends on how long i want to spend

on it, i mean you could go on for years if you didn't

have a deadline, which i would love to do.

The last paintings i did had a three month

deadline, i didn't have any option but to complete

the three paintings within three months, which

i did part time.

I worked on all of them at once. The paint was

barely dry when they were hung on the wall.

q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are

you emotionally attached to them?

a)I used to be attached but I'm not anymore.

I'm happy to move on. I think to let new things

into your life you have to let go of things.

q) Is music important to you? If so, what are

some things you're listening to now?

a)Yes it is! It keeps you sane while you paint

and are floating free in your own mind for

hours and days and months.

My favourite kind of music is probably ambient

and experimental electronica.

When I paint I find Aphex Twins ambient works

and Boards Of Canada to be the best music

to work to.

I do like big heavy round beats as well, and I need

a good dose of hip hop. Beats in general are

quite primal and grounding,

I think that they connect you to the earth...

whether you know it or not.

q) Books?

a)My favourite book is 'The Neverending Story'

by Micheal Ende who was the son of one of Germany's

first surrealist painters. The last book I read was

The Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling, I'm a

Harry Potter fan.

Most recently I have been borrowing books from

the library on science and botany. I think nature

is the most interesting and inspirational

thing to read about.

q) What theories or beliefs do you have

regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)For me it is to just enjoy the trip. Everything

I create (and I imagine all artists can relate to this)

I live and feel at the same time. It maifests itself

around me and/or comes from out of me.

Either you become the art, or it becomes you...

or maybe both. Its like some type of alchemy.

q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing)

when you're not creating?

a)Well…my favourite place to be at my friends

house who is a musician and has something like

50 analogue synthasizers. It's like being in

Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

There are certain sound frequencies that

really stimulate and excite me. That studio

is a beautiful place.

I also enjoy connecting to nature and the rest

of humanity as well as animals.

I am a huge cat lover, one of my favourite things

to do is to meet new cats, or just stop to say 'Hi'

to the neighbourhood felines and molest them

a little with my crazy love.

I feel I understand them and they me.

q) Do you have any projects or shows coming

up that you are particularly excited about?

a)I am working on a colouring book at the moment

which I am really enjoying actually. Its called

'Microcosmas' and its full of characters that are

very micro(and macro)biologically

fertile. It's about creation really. They are mini

universes giving birth like Goddesses do. I will be

very excited to see them coloured in by other


I plan to create an installation based on this

theme as my next project and then move on

to my next series of oils.

q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so,

how? What websites, magazines, galleries do

you prefer?

a)I do pop my head in to the Juxtapoz online

magazine here and there to see whats going on

in the 'Lowbrow' scene. Most of the blogs and

galleries I visit online are based in L.A.

I think L.A has some wonderful galleries. It's

probably my favourite art zone.

q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer,

and answer it.


Q. What is your favourite word and why?

A. 'Special' because it can be used in so many

ways and it's most common use is beautiful.

q) Any advice for aspiring artists?

a)Tell the universe your creative intentions

so that she can get the world ready for you,

she supports the arts.

q) Where can we see more of your work online?

a)There are links on my website

to my blog, flickr, myspace art and myspace

music page.

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