Moallaseconda | Interview
We invited Italian artist Moallaseconda on The re:art to talk about his recent works and his artistic activity. Read our exclusive interview to find out more.
We recently discovered your latest murals, painted in Italy. You are an emerging artist on the street art scene. How long have you been interested in street art and why did you choose to take your art on the streets?
I am very pleased you consider me an emerging street artist and thank you so much. I started by chance and I am proud of what I managed to do until now. I began a little bit late, at the end of high school. But I have been interested in arts and music before, just as a hobby.
I started bike racing when I was a child and reached a quite high competitive level and this sport did not leave me enough time for anything else. I did bike racing till I was seventeen years old and I spent all my time and energy on bike racing in that period.
I decided to stop on my own and after a while, I began drawing and have never stopped since then.
I started drawing and printing in the streets as I was a street art follower.
I was charmed by the night, the street and outlaw. I felt extremely free drawing and printing in the night, on open space, with music in my ears!
Music was and is the main goad. I think music is a sort of illness for me: music pushed me a lot when I started and is still pushing me forward. I can say that without music I cannot draw or paint.
I started with some drawings and a few writings. The figurative art is my main impulse and for this reason, I do not consider myself a writer.
Dal Luogo dal Cosmo
Tell us more about the three recent pieces – “Dal Luogo dal Cosmo”, “Il dono”, “Turbini e Magneti”. We also saw on your website that your current sketches focus on Russian figures, while others represent a sort of hybrid between man and insects. What is the story behind these symbols and elements?
I reached my figurative world with my last three works. My world is made up of my Russian “friends” – I love calling them my friends. I have been inspired by the Russian people living between the end of 1800s and beginning of 1900s, the ones with busbies and long beards.
This ancient world is mixed up with electricity, with cables, pylons and towers coming out of the heads and other parts of the bodies of my “friends”, as something absolutely normal and usual, a sort of extension, of pollution.
Turbini e Magneti
Music has been another source of inspiration for this world, as I loved electronic musical instruments, like synthesizers, rum machines, and anything else capable of producing a distorted or electronic sound.
Last but not the least, this world is well represented by my love for alchemy, esotericism and symbolism. I keep on looking for new symbols, for inspiration from any new idea in order to develop both the meaning and the esthetic symbolism of my drawings. In fact, I often make use of symbols to give an aesthetic value and not a real meaning to my drawing.
The names of my works reflect perfectly this inspiration, even if I did not think about these names a lot. They came out from my mind spontaneously: “Whirlwinds and magnets”, “From site in the cosmos” and “The lift”.
I worked hard in the past on symbolism and alchemy before reaching my world. I focused my attention on metamorphosis, a repeating theme in the visual field. I read a couple of W. Burroghs’ books, recalling my attention on insects. I studied these books a lot and worked on them trying to change them in something else.
We saw that for both street art and drawing, you tend to use black and white and sometimes red and golden. Is there a reason for that?
I love black color. It is the COLOR for me. I would draw and paint everything in black if I could, even if nothing is visible in the end!!!
Seriously speaking, I have been drawing and painting in black and white without considering the other colors, as I felt as if they did not belong to me. I love so much the contrast that black/ white can create: both shading them (like in my first works) and working with black lines. I always add a third color, but just a little bit.
At first, I added RED, a strong color: I liked it so much and I thought red was a challenging color. Then I passed on to GOLD – the color of the alchemy par excellence – and I started making use of gold when my interest for alchemy increased. Now I usually add a third color that I appreciate so much. I can obtain this color making use of bleach, I do not like to call it ORANGE as it is not the right nuance in my opinion. This color recalls rust, lighter in some points and darker in others. It’s a very rotten color: I love it.
You told us that you plan to visit London soon and want to draw there. Is there a specific project you have in mind for London/ a collaboration with a local artist?
I will be in London at the beginning of May but for a short period of time. I will go and visit my dear friend – Sedicente Feccia. He has been living in London for quite a long time and he is a very good illustrator. I hope to have enough time to draw/ paint anywhere during my visit, but I did not organize anything and I do not know if it is possible.
Do you plan to focus on street art in the following period? What’s on your agenda this year?
For sure, I will keep on painting walls. In a couple of months, I will paint some walls, it’s already fixed. But I hope to have other chances too.
In the last few months I spent a lot of time studying art printing like etching and woodcut. Maybe, I will have some chance to do serigraphy in the next months.
I am also working on a different project. It does not deal with the Russian theme but it is based on black abstract forms, coming out both from real things and from casual movements. But even in this work the symbols, the particular use of colors and the geometry are present and constant elements.
I’ll keep on drawing and printing, let’s see what happens!
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