Six questions for
Francesco Basini Gazzi

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Francesco Basini Gazzi.

Artist Francesco Basini Gazzi
Lives in Milan and Pietrasanta, Italy

How do you describe your own art practice?

I do believe in research as practice and practice as research. My production is an hybrid between marble sculptures, space interventions and paintings. Moreover, I enjoy to use a media and later use something completely different. Briefly, I could describe my practice as something fluid.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

There are no questions in my work. I try my best to make things that have their own voice.  However, as a theme, memories and childhood are significant in my production, I am mostly interested in small details with the aim of zoom-in. In general, I am fascinated by the possibility of trapping reality in an object.

What was your first experience with art?

I remember being a child and slowly trimming the inside of an hedge in my garden making a spatial-intervention. That may be the first time I felt the need to transform the space around me. I also used to make sculptures using recycled wood pieces and flour-glue or moving stones around in public-places just to see people reactions. This way of playing with poor materials came from my grandmas that always encouraged me to express myself in the art field.  They clicked a button inside me and I loved to play with them making stuff, dressing me or creating new spaces inside of our garden. Overall, they taught me to be spontaneous and enjoy our nature of humans without social impositions.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I always felt uncomfortable when someone asked me what’s my favorite color. It’s the same with what inspires me the most. In short I have many. If I could describe it with a word it would be contrast. It can be something that happens in our life without any reason and change our way of seeing things. That kind of experience sometimes can be really small or big enough to destroy and rebuild our perception of life. Sometimes, I stay-still watching a tree for a long time, waiting for something and enjoying the feeling of the buzz inside of us.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need to empty my mind and follow the path I designed trough the research. Loneliness it’s important. There may be someone around me while I work but not everyone. By contrast I love to share opinions with others and change my view on things related to my work.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you? 

I would like to underline the work of two designers Letizia Caramia and Morten Thuesen from Olderstudio. A design company based in Milan specialised in sustainable uniforms and forward-thinking design.

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