Handle With Care, and Creativity — Interview With Vera Grizutti
In this digital age, the internet might be considered the most efficient and safest means to showcase and preserve our creations — but is it the best? Vera Grizutti offers a more impactful and yet meditative way to interact with her viewers! After having her illustrations appear on everything from boxes, slippers, pots to other everyday objects for years, the Argentina-based artist has found ceramics to be the perfect vessel for her creativity. Not only do her cinematic, evocative images bring up instant joy and nostalgic feelings, but also the nifty pieces themselves create special memories each time we hold them in our hands. Let’s dive right into Vera’s striking world of atmospheric objects below!
AWW: What do you want to explore and bring to people through your work?
Vera Grizutti: I recently saw a movie that made me think about the way I produce art. One of its scenes shows the difference between seeing a natural landscape and seeing the same landscape but with two empty chairs in it. The incorporation of those chairs completely changes the meaning of the image. You stop seeing nature and begin to see someone’s presence. I always find myself working with that concept. Empty rooms, half full glasses and valuable items, speaking for themselves. I like generating nostalgia and making the viewer identify with my illustrations, either with objects that marked a generation, or simply bringing back memories.
AWW: How did you find your passion for illustration and develop your current style?
Vera: To be honest, my passion has always been drawing. I have drawn all my life. I had been illustrating handmade objects for many years, among other things, boxes, pots, slippers and pictures. The problem was that after a while those objects ended up breaking, or getting old. It was at that moment that I decided to work with ceramics. I had the basic knowledge to start, and so I did. This new material allowed me to protect the illustrations from the passing of time and opened me up to a universe of new forms. The objects could be whatever I wanted. From there my style has been evolving, but always with the idea that my objects could be manipulated. I consider art useful and something to interact with, instead of static.
AWW: Can you walk us through your creative process?
Vera: I think creativity comes and goes. For me, the most important thing is always looking for new ideas. I like seeing photos, videos and movies. All this information allows me to come up with new ideas when I’m working. I work directly on each piece, and like seeing what comes out at the moment, whether by the potter’s wheel or as I draw on them. That is what makes the pieces unique and lets me create without restrictions.
AWW: How do you stay motivated?
Vera: My motivations are usually visual and audiovisual. I am a great consumer of the internet, especially YouTube. It is a place where I learn and absorb new information to work with. I really like cinema, colour palettes and sets, so eventually my illustrations always end up being small scenes. I try to always be attentive to reality, observing and learning from it.
AWW: Can you show us your studio or work desk? What are the 3 things that have inspired you most?
Vera: I'm very focused on different period styles, as well as the objects that represented those times, and strong colours and textures that contrast with each other. I spend a lot of time researching about them. I really like to merge trends.
To find out more about Vera Grizutti, please visit the artist’s IG account | @vera.enlanube
All images provided by Vera Grizutti.