ARTIST: ROSA QUINTANA
Introduce yourself and your art.
I am a multi disciplinary visual artist based out of Vancouver, Canada but originally from South America. My work encompasses self motivated research into art history and the history of extinctions, specifically the extinctions of birds. And of course the present day discourse of environmental and political issues that pertain to my own backyard, the north west coast of north America.
Where/How did you develop the idea for your postcard?
The idea for the postcard this year comes from an ongoing series of work in my studio. It has in mind questions and concerns about the state of the oceans, climate change and design aspects.
What was your intention for your postcard?
The postcard sent is part of my ongoing Apocalypse Now series which varies in size. The intention in this postcard is to point out one idea or one concept, to focus and streamline a thought process.
Is this your first exhibition and if yes, how do you feel about it?
This is my 3rd year submitting postcards to this show, I have been exhibiting in Canada and abroad for approx 25 years.
What was it about the subject/content of your postcard that enticed you?
I have been experimenting with more graphic visuals as oppose to expressionistic approaches to my work to convey a cleaner and at times more ambiguous conceptual message.
Does your postcard have any connection to today’s world?
Yes, this postcard is my very much about today’s world and all its trouble and beauty at the same time.
What artists inspire you?
Francis Bacon, Demian Flores, Bill Reid, Diego Rivera, Bosch, Picasso, Brigitte Riley, Brian Yungen, the list is actually uncountable. I would like to think that there is something in most art works that can be inspiring and that I can learn from. The courage and perseverance it takes to produce and finish an art work is inspiring in itself.
What research do you do for your art works?
Museums and libraries are my weakness, my favorite things are to leaf through large pictorial books and view historical and biographical artist documentaries.
Do you have a creative routine/pattern?
My goal is to spend at least 4 hours and up to 12 hours in the studio as many days of the week as possible, painting or researching or studying a subject or artists work.
What are you trying to communicate with your postcard?
This postcard in particular is playing with visual concepts and graphic representation. Maybe I am trying to make sure everyone knows that there are still killer whales out there and that there is still hope.
Interview by Dominique Mitchell (Writer in Residence)