Carmen Sasieta: 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month featured Artist.



By Evelyn Alcalá, Editor

“Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month and they will Award Carmen Sasieta, as the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month featured Artist.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “I am proud to join Floridians across the state in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This is an exciting opportunity to recognize the many influential Hispanic Floridians in our state and throughout its history. I am also honored to highlight the work of the enormously gifted Carmen Sasieta, our 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month featured artist. “

Carmen Sasieta belongs to our community, and we wanted to honor her for such an important recognition by conducting an interview for this edition.  In this interview we are going to share with you several life stories of Carmen and points of view about her passion, the Arts.

CWN: What do you do in 100 words?

CS:I am lucky to be able to spend my time on what I am passionate about which is to Paint.  It is a blessing when you can turn your hobby into your work. It happens to very few people. I am very grateful with God and with my life.

The technique I use is ‘OIL ON CANVAS”. I very much enjoy the diversity of textures and effects that can be achieved. It is a very traditional and versatile method.

To be seated in front of a blank canvas is for me an adventure. The most important thing is to have an idea of what you want to paint and express it. The rest is not as hard. To be able to communicate with my spectator through my art is my biggest reward

CWN: What role does the artist have in society?

CS: I think it is very important that we leave our mark on the times that we are living in. We freeze the reality of a moment and other aspects of society which surround us. We relay human emotions to the spectator through our work. Life as well as nature is filled with art, we simply bring it out so it can be appreciated!!!

CWN: How has your practice change over time?

CS: We are all constantly moving and evolving and this has happened to my art almost unperceived. In the past, my paintings were bi-dimensional and now, I have made them more tri-dimensional.

CWN: What work do you most enjoying doing?

CS: I enjoy very much painting without thinking.  I have in my mind, everything I want to put on the canvas and although it may sound contradictory, I also enjoy when I am commissioned a specific painting because I take it up as a challenge

CWN: What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

CS: I lived with my family by the sea for many years. I was always a different kind of girl. I enjoyed very much playing by myself with seashells and small sea rocks by the beach. I used to organize them by size and shape and colors. I marvel at the changing colors of the ocean and more specially the skyline when the sun is setting. There were such spectacular sunsets.

CWN: What themes do you pursue?

CS: I have always painted faceless women. In my beginnings, I focused mainly on rural women whom I saw working with so much dignity in modest Jobs and many times accompanied by their small children. I was aware that they were different to many of the city people but for me, they were “anonymous heroines”

CWN: What’s your favorite work?

CS:  If you mean my paintings? I don’t really have any favorites. I turn over to them not only all of my knowledge but most of all, my feelings. I never finish any one of my paintings until I am completely satisfied with it. I have to fall in love with each one for me to lay down the brush

CWN: Describe a real-life situation that inspire you?

CS: I have always admired women who force themselves to improve on a daily basis on all levels. It is the working woman who continues to be my source of inspiration

CWN: Why art?

CS: Art is my language. It is my way to express the state of mind, my feelings and my experiences without the use of words.!!!

CWN: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

CS: I Will never forget the moment I received the envelope telling me that I had been selected to participate in the International contemporary art Biennial in Florence just 2 years before my first exhibit. It was a great achievement for me and it defined my path in the arts. Currently, I have been part of many international biennials. The last one was the Grand Palais de Paris which was a great honor for me to represent the Spanish Delegation

CWN: Is the artistic life lonely?   What do you counteract it?

CS: The time that I spend by myself alone, painting is when I am the happiest and it is also the time when I feel more in touch with myself. Like with my intimate most self. How would I ever feel alone if I am in the company of my most inner feelings and true of myself?

I don’t have to counteract the solitude because I don’t feel alone. When I am not painting, I am in the company of my family, my loved ones, my Friends. We have to give ourselves time for everything!

CWN: What do you dislike about the art world?

CS: I don’t like envy or selfishness in general and I see those feelings proliferating.

Individuality must be respected. Innovation. The creativity of art. Nobody should think so high of themselves as to judge other people’s expressions. Art is subjective. It is appreciated or not. I, for example, think that art goes beyond ethical or moral considerations since these values shift, they are not of global scale

CWN: Should art be funded? What role does arts funding has?

CS: Of course. Art is a valuable complement. It is something fundamental in the upbringing of every human being. I am not talking about visual arts, I mean music and dance and theatre.

CWN: What makes you angry?

CS: I get angry with false pretenses. People pretending to be what they are not, ungrateful of the things they have or want. People who disqualify others for achieving their goals not thinking that everything is earned by effort and time. You must be true to yourself and this I say about art as well as everyday life

CWN: Name something you love, and why?

CS: I very much enjoy children when they show interest in my paintings and in art in general. That untethered and unlimited creativity they display when facing a canvas is very impressive.

CWN: Name something you don’t love, and why?

CS: I dislike people or agencies that impose limits on artists. Art is synonym of freedom of expression or creativity

CWN: What is your dream project?

CS: I would like to spend some time at a painting workshop in Florence or Madrid. I love those two cities

CWN: Name three artist you would like to be compared to?

CS: I have been compared to Henri Rousseau and sincerely felt very well about it, after I had a chance to analyze his body of work at the Louis Vuitton foundation in Paris

Fernando Botero is my idol because of his authenticity and peculiar style and Rene Magritte, the great Belgian artist with his impressive surrealism

CWN: What’s the best piece of advice you´ve been given?

CS: I think the best advice I had was when I was told to “expose your art, show your talent”!

I think that, had I not followed that advice, I would not have reached the place where I am today. I want to continue to Paint and exhibit until god allows me to do it.

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