The artworks of Florence based Sara Falli are both mythic and phantasmagorical. They tell visual stories with simple, but complex devices a chaotic, dark, and beautiful world of strange creatures, women seemingly contorted with desire, and the veins of stained water color that conjure blood and ritual. Falli is telling us secrets with her brushstrokes, but keeps them deeply hidden in a labyrinth of multidimensionality. Falli has also published an autobiography, entitled Vita di Saragaia, which hints at a dysfunctional past which adds yet another layer. Read interview and see more artworks after the jump.
PAS UN AUTRE: When did you know you wanted to become an artist?
SARA FALLI: I began to think of myself as an artist in a very hazy way when I was 10. I noticed that art made me feel good and this happened before I even started to become aware of things… I really began without making a decision and it has become a need I cannot help but satisfy, otherwise I think I’d be a very sad person. However I started using the word “artist” to definemy status only ten years ago when I owned my first studio, after finishing my studies at the Academy of Fine Arts.
AUTRE: When did you start drawing in your current style?
FALLI: My style now is really just a stage that I am exploring, I do not know where it will take me, but I love to experiment and give myself new goals. I am very different when I work on canvas than when I work on paper, because as materials and type of paints change, I am very much guided by the impact of color now.
AUTRE: How would you describe your artworks?
FALLI: My works are anchors of an underground work that is within me. Those that I have been able to do are perhaps a thousandth part of what I would like to do; my job is to keep on trying to make visible to myself and others my underground world.
AUTRE: What are some of your inspirations/influences?
FALLI: I am inspired by everything that moves me and captures my interest. I place these feelings aside for a long time, then one day the whole or a part reaches out, always transformed by my use of color, for me the mediation through the matter is crucial, the ink pigments mixed with water, the smudge of graphite … I do not know if I would be able to be a conceptual artist and never get my hands dirty, but one day it could be stimulating to try there too.
AUTRE: What do you think about when you are making art?
FALLI: When I create art I am either intractable or in ecstasy, almost “I can’t draw a single line” or “I will do it, I am invincible”. It takes me a while to find the right dimension, I need good music, space and time to “lose”.
FALLI: In 2007 I wrote an autobiographical novel that was published by a major Italian publishing house. I had a very “offbeat” infancy, to use an euphemism, and I wanted to tell it. On the cover of the book there are 4 of my oil paintings; in that period I was painting people’s objects, and those were my objects. Now besides painting I’m writing short stories.
AUTRE: Whats next?
FALLI: Then, for the future, I can only say that I will always be doing, never trying to reach a finality. I am terrified of finding myself at the finish, but the goal is not so much the finish, it is nothing but a mirage, you can see it only while walking.