Art In The Park 2021: Discover Eugenia Alcaide's Beautiful Threadwork
Eugenia Alcaide has stitched a unique niche in the landscape of modern visual art through her pioneering techniques in layered threadwork. She introduced her unique art form at Art in the Park almost a decade ago. As part of the special exhibitions in the upcoming Art In The Park Online 2021, which runs from 25 July to 1 August, catch Alcaide's entirely new vision of threadwork in an ocean of surreal, electric colour. It is her attempt to weave intricate compositions of "doubt, despair, and desolation", in an exploration of how people can be connected and adrift at the same time.
We chatted with the renowned artist and talked about her inspirations behind her unique style and what she would like to say to those young artists who also want to break from the conventions of art:
How did your passion for the arts come about? Who was your most influential teacher or mentor?
It started in childhood. My mother has rare musical talent, and an uncommon appreciation of fine art. My father saw the potential in my work and convinced me to quit my job so I can focus on art full-time. Usually, it’s the other way around! Thank you, dad.
Name two artists (one local and one international) who inspire you and tell us what you love about their work.
John Santos and Larry Poons, respectively. Santos, for his clean, polished technique and understanding of surrealism. Poons, for the child-like wonder and imagination he still has to this day.
There was never a sense for me that just because everyone else was painting, then I had to paint, too. Actually, I believe that all artists should try to do something different. This is the biggest challenge.
Tell us more about yourself. One of your first exhibitions was with Art In The Park, is that correct?
Yes, that is correct. The earliest memory I have at Art in the Park is from my very first day there. It was early in the morning, so I was surprised when an elderly gentleman came up to me, adamantly expressing his appreciation. I never got his name. If you’re reading this, sir, thank you. It did and does mean a lot to me.
You've introduced a different kind of technique and style. Where did you get the inspiration, and could you share with us your creative process?
I am a hermit. Growing up, I would never leave my room. Plus, my mother was the type to never follow trends. I think these factors combined to inform my style. There was never a sense for me that just because everyone else was painting, then I had to paint, too. Actually, I believe that all artists should try to do something different. This is the biggest challenge.
On your featured works in this year's Art Fair, tell us more about it: concept, inspiration, material, process.
For the first time ever, I have introduced colours and geometry to my work. I can’t help but think that this was inspired by my son and his love for play.
What does "art" mean to you?
I want to say art is life. However, I realise that answer doesn’t really mean much, so I want to try to be clearer. Everything anyone does in life can be art. Cooking, driving, even washing the dishes.
What would you advise to budding artists trying to introduce their unique style, too?
Check out Eugenia Alcaide's exhibition entitled "Adrift" on Art In The Park's website from 25 July to 01 August 2021