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Alice Quaresma | Studio Visit


JUNE 2016

We are excited to introduce Alice Quaresma to the Tappan Family. We asked her a few questions about her practice, what keeps her going, and what the future holds for her. Check out her responses below. 


When did you start calling yourself an artist?

In 2009, after I graduated from my MFA at Pratt Institute in New York.

When do you make your best work?

I make my best work when I create pieces that have elements of surprise and reveal the process on its body. When I’m experiencing life at its fullest.

Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea or the other way around?

My curiosity on the idea of feeling “displaced” - not belonging to a specific place - encourages me to experiment with a diversity of materials and methods. I am interested in exploring playful ways to use geometry in my work...overlapping shapes and forms over my photographs and creating imaginary landscapes.

Is art making therapeutic for you?

It is fulfilling. Art allows me to experiment with the unknown, I am fascinated by things and places I don’t know or have never been. My artwork explores all the things that makes me feel vulnerable and allow me to find something new about life, society and myself.

What are you most proud of? 

I am proud of creating work that can take people to an imaginary land. Take people out of their reality for a minute, make them dream. Make them believe in something to come.

Artist whose career you covet? 

Sandra Cinto, Contemporary Brazilian artist. I admire the delicacy she brings into her work, her simplicity and professionalism. 

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

I see my photographs gaining sensorial qualities, being more experimental.

I see my work in a museum collection representing new approaches in photography.

If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

I would go on a boat trip from Indonesia to Fiji, I want to explore the Pacific Ocean. I am fascinated by the ocean and its void.

Did you grow up around other creative people?


What are your other hobbies?


Running, spinning, skateboarding…I need to do sports in order to be connected to my mind and body. It’s the moment of the day that I dedicate to myself.

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

I would have a drink with Uta Barth.

What influences you?

The ocean, or being in places that makes me feel uncomfortable. Or, when I visit places that bring nostalgic memories.

What motivates you?

Believing my artwork can change people’s mindset, even if just for a brief moment. 

What’s your studio philosophy?

Just keep working, trying…experience the present, the process of making my work is the most enriching part of my day.

“If things are not alright, it’s because yet is not the end, in the end everything is going to be alright” 

How many hours do you try and work in the studio per week?

At least 40 hours, this is my full time job.

Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what? 

It depends. Lately, sound. I am very eclectic- I like something that agitates me:)

Favorite art-making tools?

Photo camera.

Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?

More experimental ways of framing or mounting my work. I am trying to create a surface that becomes part of the work.  

What’s next?

I have a few exhibitions scheduled for 2016 between US and Brazil.


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