We are all perfect behind the confusion we create. From this realisation comes out images from the colourful and quaint world of graphic artist Giulio Iurissevich. In an informal chitchat, he guides us through the avenues of his mind to a reality that is full of the unknown.
Confusion is the real artist who takes small steps before leaping in completely to the world of unknown.
CG: You have had a rather chequered career. When you finally took up art, did that help?
Giulio: Before taking up art, I did removals, worked at the grocery store and played as a DJ. I felt very unhappy and out of place during this period. Before I could figure out why, I’d used up almost all the energy I had, trying to be what others wanted. Then I began to suffer. And great pains have been known to break many defences. I started listening to my heart and started doing what I loved most, create images. The myriad images from my random life stuck on. On the canvas, the outburst that comes out, is just a retrospective of the experience of my subconscious.
CG: Is the chaos that one notices in your artworks, a result of this?
Giulio: Yes, the chaos of the mind. I try to find out perfections through these forms and explore what is really beautiful behind them. This confusion is the real artist who takes small steps before leaping in completely to the world of unknown. I believe that art is an abstraction and when you get lost in what you do this is meditation. And here you can meet yourself. My most authentic images are the ones that I have done without thinking, without calculation.
CG: In absence of a pre-plan, how do you arrange the potpourri of symbols and visuals in your frames?
Giulio: Some of my images have their own lives. They have found their symbols and visuals on their own. They have created themselves, with me just watching and attending the experience. Everything starts with an intention. But along the way, almost all of the journey becomes spontaneous. The genuine desire to create art triggers the engine of creativity. The rest is just about picking up images that express your intention.
CG: So, what is the intention generally, in the images that you create?
Giulio: I never think of my viewers while doing my images. They come out on their own, without making an effort to mean or communicate anything. I leave my images open to interpretations. Each person has his own individual life, colours, sounds, vibrations and it’s better not to shove anything down their brains. The only instance where this is not true is when I work under commissions and under tight deadlines. Precisely why I’m gradually migrating from commercial illustration to art.
CG: Whether illustration or art, technology is the common thread between the two. How much of your art is influenced by technology?
Giulio: Technology and machines are only tools. Technology is good if you use it without depending on it, without anaesthetising yourself and your pain. If you can make yourself one with machines, surely you will see something original coming up. Everything can be good or bad, depending on what you’re looking for.
CG: As an end note, what is it that are you looking for through your images?
Giulio: The story behind my story. The beauty behind evil. The harmony in chaos.
Published in Issue 17
We tried to capture the time of chaos and confusion we all are in. How it inspires and influences creative thoughts. Starting with the cover design by Ankur Singh Patar, who captures the duality in the way we treat women. Followed by a conversation with Italian illustrator Giulio Iurissevich who explores beauty behind this chaos. And many more inspirational articles to explore.
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