Henry Martin: What, if any, responsibility, do you feel as an artist, in what way, or toward whom?
Carolina Mazzolari: My personal responsibility is to translate a story, emotions, ideas or a philosophical concept into a visual language, preferably with excellent aesthetic harmony which will hopefully make the viewer immersed. I guess it’s an inner responsibility I have towards the imaginary Ministry of the Arts, which is the authentic viewer, or the universe, or maybe just myself.
Henry Martin: If you could meet one other artist who would it be (living or dead)?
Carolina Mazzolari: It would be great to go on a holiday with Louise Bourgeois, Leonardo da Vinci and Balthus, all together.
Henry Martin: How do you work?
Carolina Mazzolari: I work in studio between 9-5pm. Evenings are used sometimes to prepare the bases I research and study in bed. In the first part of the making (which involves dying painting drawing embroidering )I work in studio which is one area of my home. The artwork is laid on the floor and I always place it on top of a thick silk carpet that absorbs the excesses of the paint or material. I work under a very large window and I need direct light to practice. When I travel I mainly photograph or draw on my iPad.
Henry Martin: Agnes Martin said, “We think we are very mundane, but we are all capable of fugues.” Respond.
Carolina Mazzolari: I think we often underestimate ourselves but we are all capable of creating an unexpected turnaround.
Title: Votive Candle. Date: 2008. Format/Materials: charred wood – copper sheets, ammonia, nails. Dimensions: 110 x 88 cm.