Hello Dear Kora Moya Rojo. Thank you for giving us the chance to Interview with you. Our first question is how the “Quarantine” affects your art?
Hi, thank you for having me! I'd say being in lockdown has had a positive impact on my art practice. There have been some stressful moments, of course, but drawing and painting helped me stay sane and disconnect. Having more free time has allowed me to fully focus on my work and experiment as I had never done before. During this time, I decided to experiment with my painting style, which led me to what I'm doing at the moment.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what drove you to choose art as a career?
I'm a Spanish visual artist based in London, UK. I studied Fine Arts at the University of Murcia, Spain, and then I moved to the UK shortly after.
I’d say my interest in art started when I was little. I feel very lucky to have grown up in a very creative environment where I felt encouraged to create. My grandfather spent the last years of his life drawing and writing in calligraphy. He’d combine someone’s name written in calligraphy with motifs and drawings around them. Seeing him create all day inspired me to start drawing and painting at a very young age.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my project "EMBRYO". "EMBRYO" was born at the beginning of lockdown and I've been working on it since then. This project means a lot to me because it felt like the beginning of a new era in my art practice. "EMBRYO" is completely different from anything I've done in the past, and that gave me the freedom I needed to start over and fully enjoy the creative process.
So far all the paintings I’ve done for this project are quite large so now I’m thinking of doing a series of smaller paintings that will represent different versions of the objects from my paintings.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
I think that the fact that I came up with my project "EMBRYO" at the beginning of the pandemic was a way of getting detached from the situation we were all going through. My current work is inspired by nostalgia and memories from my childhood and teenage years, so getting lost in those memories sounded like the perfect plan at the time. Another factor that contributed to coming up with this subject was not being able to go anywhere. The absence of living new experiences made me want to reminisce past times and travel back in time through my paintings.
Can you give us a spoiler on what’s coming next for Kora Moya Rojo?
For the past few years, I've been focused on painting and developing my style but lately I’ve been thinking about making sculptures and work on art installations again. Hopefully you’ll see some three-dimensional works soon!
Later in the year, I’m going to spend a month in an art residency in Mexico and I’m very excited about it!