We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Fazzio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, why did you pursue a creative career?
I used to feel completed when cooking with my nonna, experiencing the transformation of the cooking ingredients in to food, the manipulation of the dough is the sparkle of my career, the stories of my mother love for history and philosophy were the beginning of my questioning, my father obsessive care for his camera, and my brothers and sister freedom of emotional expression, probably because of my unique Italian-immigrant-crazy and creative family since very young I have a hard time fitting within the standard, many times suffered for seeing myself perceived by others as weird, either because I didn’t find myself comfortable with societal standardized types or politically correct canon. Then I started Art school, and realize that I wasn’t alone, I wasn’t weird, imagination was not only my nation but the nation of other creative minds. I just had the need of exploring multiple methods and materials and came to live through them, I also know that I am not alone whenever I find other artists. To me being an artist is a way to live life, is a way to perceive and conceive thoughts with invisible materials to construct (or de-construct) new thoughts, ideas, that is something that Joseph Beuys proposed and I follow that path, I consider myself a Social Sculpture Practitioner because I believe in the capacity for transformation art has, to make a better world, to me art is far from being successful in terms of market, I am not making objects to be sold, I believe the world is overwhelmed with objects, we already have more than enough of both objects and maestros in art, we need to re-think what Art is. The new meaning of Art, sustainable, respecting the planet with all its entities animated and in-animated, in connection and harmony with the non-human and with the care the planet needs, if we contaminate to profit from the object we make (it does not matter whether we call it art) I doubt that object is art. Those are my ideas of what art is, what is to be an artist, and why I choose to follow the creative path, it is a transformative way to become.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a plastic artist (artista plastico) and Social Sculpture Practitioner, because I believe in the capacity for transformation as the core of my practice I choose the word “plastic (artist)’ rather than ‘visual (artist)’, as plastic (in art) refers to the transformation of materials, in Social Sculpture we also use invisible materials to sculpt imagination, thoughts, ideas, memories, and other intangible forms. I also work within the entanglements between human and non-human participants, in my work the non-human is considered participant, the non-human can be my dog (animate) or my camera (inanimate), in fact, I call my camera “she, my colleague” because every time I record a video or take a picture, my colleague translates what I see within her own characteristics (say lens, camera model, digital or analog, etc), and many times I see in pictures things that I didn’t see when I press the shutter, then I understand the subjectivity of my camera. My work is about not ignoring her (the camera) and give her agency as she is working ‘with me’ as opposed ‘for me’. In the same mode, I work with natural materials, or cooking, my work is the process of raising questions about and give agency to the non-human. My practice hopefully helps with the transformation of the tendency of many humans that considers themselves above all other non-human entities, the aim of my work is to raise questions and transform the issue of Human Supremacy over all other non-human animated and inanimated entities. Therefore when I work, the materials I use are my colleagues or participants, we collaborate.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Everglades, beach, water, kayak, the Keys. Nature, Nature, Nature. I love to eat in Fiorito with friends, Katana, chill out in Shuckers or Churchill’s. But what I love the most is a good picnic with friends.
Do not miss PAMM nor Wynwood Walls.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All the black sheeps that make me feel right in my path as an artist. My mentors, professors/artists Kerry Ware, Mary Malm, Carlos De Villasante, Jordan Massengale, my supervisors of study during my Ph.D. Journey, and artists I admire: Dr. Anya Lewin, Dr. Michael Bowdidge, and Dr. Mark Leahy. My colleagues and unique artists that, with them I feel less alone in my thoughts of art: Luisa Greenfield, Raul Barcelona, Emilio Chapela, Robyn Thomas & Dr. Margaret Wagner Hart.
Of course my platonic friend and mentor Joseph Beuys. Professor Emerita Shelley Sacks who without knowing mentors and corrects me in following the Social Sculpture and connectedness path.
My family because they gave me the winds, the spirit of freedom, and the constant search of a question, always a question, the spark. My home City, Buenos Aires, its streets and inhabitants, friends and strangers, humans and non-human all that made me become.
All the books, read, read, read….there are many, find yours.
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