ARTIST EDITION #5
In this enlightening interview, we delve into the artistic world of Rosso Emerald Crimson, a painter renowned for her vibrant creations and nuanced narratives.
Merging her background in International Communications and Human Rights, Rosso's work challenges societal norms and cultural biases, offering intriguing glimpses into the female psyche. Her collaboration with Sittingsuits brings her art into the realm of fashion, transforming her beloved designs into wearable art pieces. Influenced by yoga, meditation, and nature, Rosso's work stimulates senses often suppressed in our daily lives. While maintaining her artistic integrity, she navigates the commercial art industry with grace, welcoming feedback to refine her narratives and styles. With upcoming exhibits at Barcelona's MEAM Museum and the international Artdom project, Rosso continues to leave her mark on the global art scene. Read on to learn more about her artistic journey and inspirations.
How has your background in International Communications and Human Rights influenced your artistic perspective?
My background has notably influenced the way I approach and choose the subjects I paint. Subtly yet consciously, I consider various principles, such as whether my work could be offensive or misinterpreted, if I'm replicating stereotypes or cultural biases, and if I'm reaching a broad audience, especially women. Art, for me, is a potent means of communication, and the more I connect with people through it, the deeper the meaning it imparts to my practice. I don't just paint for myself; creating art is my humble way of contributing to society.
Can you discuss the symbolism and meaning behind the unsmiling expressions of the female subjects in your paintings?
I always aim to leave room for interpretation in my paintings. I believe that ambiguity lends intrigue, appealing to our innate attraction to mystery. In a sense, a smile might be present if the viewer perceives it. The subtlety of expression can foster a sense of complicity between the viewer and the portrayed character—an intimate, secret story. If the expression was unquestionable, many untold stories might be overlooked.
How does the collaboration with Sittingsuits align with your artistic vision and message?
I've long dreamt of seeing my art printed on fabric to create wearable clothes. I was thrilled when this project was proposed, especially since one of my favourite designs was chosen. I'm eager to see women wearing the coat, adorned with its vibrant colours and patterns. It's simply brilliant!
How does nature and the outdoors inspire your art, and do you incorporate that into your work?
As an avid cyclist and yoga practitioner, I can't pinpoint exactly how outdoor activities and exposure to nature influence my art, but yoga and meditation certainly have a substantial impact. This influence extends beyond just focus and attention to detail—it also shapes the way I approach my subjects, portray women, choose colours, and balance abstract and realism.
How do you see the impact of nature on individuals' mental and emotional well-being reflected in your work?
I perceive nature as comforting, nurturing, and uplifting, much like a mother to her children. A simple walk in the park, surrounded by greenery, can calm the mind and elevate the mood, especially during stressful or challenging times. Contact with nature stimulates senses often suppressed by daily tasks. That's why I find it essential to paint positive, colourful subjects that connect indirectly with nature and other beautiful things, such as memories or experiences.
How does your work address and challenge societal norms and stereotypes surrounding femininity and gender identity?
When I started painting, I opted for narratives with a clear message. Over time, my practice has evolved, with my narratives and messages becoming more subtle, connecting more with the subconscious than with the rational mind. I strive for the portrayal of women in my paintings to be authentic. These women are not merely beautiful props or wall decorations; they have a strong psychological presence, and the rest of the painting develops around them. I believe that featuring women of different heritage at the centre stage is a political statement in today's world.
How do you navigate the commercial aspect of the art industry while still staying true to your artistic vision?
The key for me is to remain passionate about what I do—about what I paint—and to have a forward vision. I value feedback as it helps me concentrate on developing and pursuing certain narratives, while continuing to explore styles and different ways of representation. This approach is how I strike a balance.
Can you discuss any specific influences or inspirations that have shaped your artistic style and technique?
I draw influence from many sources, not just artistic ones. Music, movies, and fashion all significantly impact my style. I often reflect on the work of realist painters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries