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?
When I create work that has elements of surprise and reveals 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.
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.
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.
"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”
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.
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?
About Alice Quaresma
Quaresma experiments with materials that allows her photographs to be sensorial and playful.
Alice Quaresma is a New York based artist who experiments with materials that allow her photographs to be sensorial and playful, pushing the boundaries of photography as a flat surface. The artist uses acrylic paint, paper, tape and pencil over photographic prints to achieve a dimensional sensation through layering and contrasting texture and color. While pushing the confines of photography, she continues to explore the physical aspects of photo-making, using images from her personal photo archive to elaborate on ideas of displacement and identity. Quaresma uses her own life experience as an individual living in a foreign country as a major source of inspiration.
“Art allows me to experiment with the unknown, I am fascinated by things and places I don’t know, or have never been to. My artwork explores all the things that makes me feel vulnerable and allow me to find something new about life, society and myself.”
“My studio philosophy is just keep working, trying…experience the present, the process of making my work is the most enriching part of my day.” - Alice Quaresma
2012, History of Art Postbaccalaureate Studies, Columbia University, New York, USA, 2009, Master of Fine Arts (With Distinction), Pratt Institute, New York, USA, 2009
2007, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017, Solo show, Casa Nova Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2017, "Escape", Le Magazyn, Los Angeles, USA
2017, "Outsider", SUL-SUR Project, ArtLima, Lima, Peru
2017, "Puzzle", Lazy Susan Gallery, New York USA
2016, "Threaded" curated by Keren Moscovitch, Flatiron Project Space, New York, USA
2015, "Sketch for Nothing" curated by Gisela Gueiros, Special Projects, New York, USA
2015, "Beyond", curated by Mario Gioia, Fauna Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2014, "Nest", curated by Gisela Gueiros, Special Projects, New York, USA
2013, "Beast", curated by João Guarantani, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013, "Roots", curated by Raphael Fonseca, Barracão Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011, "Two People and One Hundred Places", curated by Guilherme Bueno, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010, "American Home", PS122 Gallery, New York, USA
2009, "American Home", Pratt Institute Gallery, New York, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017, "Another Gesture", curated by Cynthhia Cruz and Tatiane Rosa, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2017, "Alternative Facts", Friday Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2017, "Displacement", curated Gabriela Davies, Jacarandá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017, "Neither-Nor: Abstract Landscapes, Portraits and Still Lifes", curated by Paula Terra-Neale, Terra-Arte Gallery, UK
2017, "Displacement", curated by Gabriela Davies, Ugly Duck's Off Quay, London