Interview with Marina Capdevila: ‘I like conveying messages with a touch of humor”
The Catalan artist Marina Capdevilla joined us during the Festival of Urban Culture Mulafest, last month of june. Now we’re again collaborating with the artist presenting a serigraph as part of her project ‘Never too late’.
We interviewed her for the occasion.
You have a very peculiar style. It seems very easy to identify ‘Marina Capdevilla’, how did you manage to define this personal and risky signature style of drawing?
Well, I’m not sure if I’d call it risky, but more personal. I started illustrating portraits with just pencil and a little touch of color, and tried out different ways of expressing myself until I realized that I felt more comfortable with a caricaturistic styled images, since in all of my work I like conveying messages with a bit of humor. Referencing to the technique, I started adding more and more color to what was only pencil in the beginning, until I ended up only working with acrylics. The technique itself is influenced a lot by the Sfumato, a style used in the Renaissance, which I love. I suppose that these would be all the elements that mixed together make my style.
Why have you chosen to expose the bizarre “misery” of our generation in a visionary way?
I like to imagine how our generation could end up in a few years, and I always present it from a humorous angle, since the whole theme of these ‘modern grannies’ comes from my big fear, to get old, with the changes in appearance that it entails, sickness, loneliness, death…With the ‘poser’ grannies I imagine that with 80 years we can still be out with friends, go out to get laid a little bit and enjoy life. My grandma could be my muse since she’s already 90 and still goes out on heels to buy bread.
You’ve participated in international festivals both solo as with others, as well as in national festivals like the Mulafest. Which was the event that gave you the most satisfaction?
Without a doubt the Art Basel Miami. I went to paint there for the first time last year and it inspired me a lot. To arrive there and find so many of my favorite artists painting, to be able to see the process of them painting, it’s very motivating. Also because of the people I got to know like gallery owners, photographers, etc.
You took part in a very unique project, ‘Illustrators on the table’ in which you had to pick a very typical dish to paint on a plate. Why did you choose paella?
I chose paella because it’s one of my favorite dishes, however off-limits. Since a few years I’m allergic to fish, and so that was the end of the moments of seafood paella with friends on the beach. Since I can’t eat it anymore, well, I paint it.
You are also present in the book Behind Illustration 3, together with a lot of other big names. Which of those names makes you most excited to be in a book together?
I got really excited in general for this publication since there appear a lot of names of illustrators that I admire such as Paula Bonet, Malika Favre or Sergio Mora.
How was the project ‘Never too late for a first date’ born? Is it your most complete work?
Up until this moment I believe so, yes, it’s the most complete work and also the one I’m most happy with. The project came up from the idea of me imagining myself in a few years and because I was working with the theme of modern grandparents. I thought about how it would be to have a first date with 80 and like that I depicted all the fases we can go through being on a date, the preparations, like dressing up, the moment of meeting up at a bar, the flirting and the moment at the end of going to bed with the lucky one. Every scene always with a touch of irony.
The project developed on the materials I most like working with, paper and walls and was presented last March in the Galería Miscelánea in Barcelona.
You made an illustration for a campaign of Movistar in the most barcelonean festival, the Primavera Sound, which was published in magazines, billboards, subway posters… How was it for you to participate in a festival so present in the media?
I was very content with this campaign, above all because the illustration I did was displayed on a stand where there was a ball pit during Primavera Sound and a lot of people sent me pictures during those days of how they threw themselves in it. It was a lot of fun.
How do you see yourself in a few years? Do you believe you could end up like one of your illustrations? Have you tried painting yourself in 30 years?
(Laughs) Well yes, I would like to stay young at heart, to see what life holds for me. I’ve never portrayed myself as my older version, it kind of scares me.
From the 20th of January the new serigraph by Marina Capdevila can be purchased in the gallery while stock lasts.