In a candid conversation, artists Alette and Haiiileen open up about their practices, the challenges they face in the world of art installations, and their experiences during a recent art festival. Their shared enthusiasm for their work, deep understanding of their process, and genuine love for art shine through their exchange.
Haiiileen: The inception of the festival was a reaction to feeling misused and overlooked as an artist. It was my vision to craft a space where art wasn’t an afterthought but the main conversation. I wanted a festival for artists like me. The whole experience, from conceptualizing to realization, was intense, but the passion drove it to fruition within just three months.
Alette: Your decision was impeccable. The ambiance you curated was palpable. While there were elements that didn’t resonate with me, the sheer talent of the artists made up for it.
Haiiileen: Every artist has a unique style, and that’s what makes the whole experience dynamic. It’s about being connected with the process and with each other.
Alette: Speaking of the process, when I started my installation, the physical space challenged me. I aim for a smaller environmental footprint in my work. For this particular installation, I recycled and repurposed materials, like the yellow cloud with chains representing rain. And that green material? It’s a relic from 2008. Art is about reincarnating ideas and elements.
Haiiileen: Your approach mirrors mine. An essential trait for an artist is being able to utilize what they have at their disposal. I see life as a spectrum, and the Rainbow Oasis encapsulates that idea – it’s a space where every hue of life and art blends, symbolizing various human developmental aspects.
Alette: The materials speak to me. They guide my artistry. It’s like they have a voice and tell me their purpose.
Haiiileen: It’s fascinating how the environment we were in – being so close to Superblue and monumental artists like James Turrell – gave us energy. We might not have had direct views of their installations, but their presence was a silent motivator.
Alette: Absolutely. The aura was magical. Even though we were in our own space, the entire room echoed the essence of Superblue. It was as if we were absorbing the inspiration from these renowned artists and infusing it into our work.