I draw and paint all the women inhabiting myself. They are contradictory, they want all sorts of different things. Some of them get to live in the real world, some others will always stay hidden.
Claudia Marchetti is an interpreter as well as an artist. Two complementary professions; the first aims at expressing what others have to say, the second allows her to express her deeper self - to let out her inner chaos and make it beautiful. Her powerful drawings transport the viewer to a dreamlike state, where symbols reign and the separation between body and mind is abolished.
INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
How did you go from being an interpreter to being an artist?
I am still a conference interpreter, but I paint and draw every single day. Interpreting means expressing other people's thoughts and ideas. Five years ago, I felt the urge to shift my focus inwards and express my own thoughts too - to turn what I feel into tangible forms.
Also, as an interpreter, I always use clear and meaningful words, while drawing and painting are more ambiguous media. Such ambiguity allows a shy person like me to express deep desires and feelings in a masked, symbolic way, providing a much needed outlet for my subconscious. So basically being an interpreter and being an artist are two complementary things, the first aims at expressing what others have to say and the second allows me to express my deeper self.
Your works often seem to reveal something that is internal to the subject, what would you like to make visible in this way?
I would like to make my inner chaos visible. I have deep fears and desires that I may never dare to confess, fulfil or overcome, and drawing them is a way to let them out and make them beautiful. I also feel that the world is full of invisible energies flowing from one person to another, like attraction, love, telepathy. I would like to make all of that tangible in my work.
Could you describe your artistic process?
I draw and paint in the same way in which I dream at night. I never have an idea in advance. I just listen to music, leaf through a fashion magazine, look at the people surrounding me while I sit in a restaurant and start drawing. Later, I add the colours. After I complete a painting or a drawing, I feel healed like after a long sleep full of vivid dreams.
Is there a reason your subjects are mostly female?
I draw and paint all the women inhabiting myself. They are contradictory, they want all sorts of different things. Some of them get to live in the real world, some other will always stay hidden.
I think that I never paint men because they are a mystery to me. I am fascinated by them but I can never really understand how they feel and think on a deeper level. Therefore, in my artistic game, men are the viewers, and women are the performers.
What would you like your work to evoke in the viewer?
I would like the viewer to be attracted by the forms and colours, and understand that all desires, fears, memories, dreams and people inhabiting herself or himself are legitimate, worthy and precious.
What other creatives, books, music or movies inspire you?
My sources of inspiration are so numerous: Italian Vogue when Carla Sozzani was its editor in chief; the horror movies that I saw as a child, such as Interview with the Vampire and all of Dario Argento's films; music that makes me nostalgic for eras that I never lived in, but only in my reveries, such as The Smiths, Roxy Music, New Order; and the Rome Opera House, the place that made me realise that I should always spend time in beautiful places and, when that is not possible, I should always draw and paint them in order to feel as if I were inside them.
Could you describe your work in three words?
Symbolic, psychological, entertaining