Earls Court Gallery is excited to launch its 2023 exhibition calendar with “VIEW LIFE” featuring Mimmo Baronello (Toronto), Brenda Nieves (Toronto), and Diana Rosa (Toronto). As a way to get to know the artists beyond their biography write ups, here is a Q & A that gives insight into the artist’s process, technique and what inspires them.
Reference Photo for sculptures of Artist
- At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to pursue the arts professionally?
As a child, but with a mother who was an artist, my parents were concerned about the life of an artist and encouraged me to apply my interest. I trained and became a fashion designer, then a fashion director for children and teens for T. Eaton Co. I came to clay more recently with time spent at Sheridan craft and Design.
- What must you do to get your ready to begin in the studio? Or how do you get past the “blank page”?
Often I work toward a theme, either from a curators direction or a show I might do with friends.
- Process photos for creating Medusa
- What gets your creative juices flowing?
I procrastinate until I sit down and throw some pieces of clay. This seems to open my creative energies and then, I can’t wait to get started.
- How do you determine the size of your work?
I do a rough drawing, take pictures of friends, family or myself in the position I am imagining. I start building, my comfort size is around 15”. My mind images it that size.
"Medusa” Highfire Stoneware, cold Glaze, and Glaze 14” x 18” x 8”
- Square vs. Rectangle. What’s your preference any why?
Always rectangle, square seems squat, though I am often asked for square format then need to get my mind comfortable with this.
- There is a lot of you put in these artworks. How do you practice gratitude for what you get to do?
I love to teach clay skills and give as much as I can. I love working in clay and love to be around people who are learning the skill. Seeing them improve and enjoy is very gratifying.
- Do you have any phrases or words written in your studio? What are they and why are they there?
If I am working toward a themed show, I will live with the idea where I see it everyday; like in my office, then move it to my workspace when I’m ready. I also did a word puzzle a month ago where you spot words and the 1st 4 I saw were Connection, breakthrough, love and change, so I’m living with them right now. I think inspirational words need to change, evolve, be explored and digested.
"Elemental Oceanids” Highfire Stoneware, Glaze and Cold Glaze 17.5” x 8.5” x 8”
If you could have one of your artworks from “VIEW LIFE” in a permanent art collection, which one would it be and what institution?
One of my "Water pieces” at the Gardiner- Elemental Oceanides
What drink & food do you think is best to consume while viewing your artwork?
Wine with a group, enjoying, talking, imagining.