The painter Marina Apud Schneider, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently living in Valencia, Spain, talks about the central message of her artistic work during her interview.
Marina, please describe the core theme and the central message of your work.
In my work I paint objects and living beings in a realistic style. The technique I use is alla-prima and the material I use is exclusively oil. Fruits, vegetables, insects, fish, the human figure, spheres, bones predominate… Perhaps what stands out the most is chiaroscuro, light as the protagonist. I do not see my work as a message, it is not my intention to narrate or explain something. I like more to see it as a door, a channel that invites contemplation and perception of what arises in each viewer. Introduce to us the work that, in your view, exemplifies or best embodies the message of your work.
A work that I have a lot of affection for is the fox skull with aura. It is an oil painting (like all my paintings) of 116 x 96 cm. in which a fox skull is seen as a central figure surrounded by fruits, laurel leaves and red velvet that seem to remind us of royalty, molars of another animal and a praying mantis climbing the skull. Above, a gold arch, like an aura, a resource widely used in iconographic painting of religious art, as a mythical allusion. I couldn’t put it into words, but it certainly inspires a connection with the mystical, the holiness manifested in matter, the mystery of life.
What is the aim of your art, your work, what is it supposed to achieve in the viewer?
What I mentioned above. My work, not as a message to understand, but a bridge, a channel through which the viewer connects with their own perception of it. May the one who looks at it transcend the rational/conceptual layer and surrender to perception.
THE DEED | DAS WERK is a complementary and separately presented part of THE INTERVIEW IN|DEEDS with Marina Apud Schneider.
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