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A visit to Bea Sarrias studio
How would you define your work?
All my work is pictorial. With it I aim at “portraying” (I like to use this verb) the architectural work of such authors as José Antonio Coderch, Saenz de Oiza, Antoni Bonet Castellana, Fisac, Josep Lluís Sert, Mies van der Rohe or Richard Neutra. Architecture furnishes the perfect models to depict light, a fundamental aspect of painting.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
Before I start painting, I undergo a painstaking documentation process about the architectural work I want to “portrait”. If I have been commissioned to do the work, I use video and photography to register the space. In other occasions I use pictures and other images lent to me by specialized photographers and architects.
How has your work evolved throughout the years?
There was a turning point in 2004. We had to empty a writer and journalist’s apartment at Rambla Catalunya. It was full of books and different generations had lived in it. We recorded and photographed the apartment as we emptied it, and once I had the graphic material in my hands I used it as a departure point to paint. I wanted to express solitude and absence, and I realised that, by limiting my palette and by focussing on chiaroscuri, I would be able to convey these feelings. I specially focused on how to trap the soul of a place through light.
Could you tell us about your most important artistic projects?
As of today, INSIDE remains my most important project. For a week, I could “portray” the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels inside the same building, in a high security perimeter.