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A visit to Teresa Riba studio
How would you define your work?
I am most interested in the person, identity, sentiment, and, above all, communication: because of that, interaction between the piece and the spectator is very important to me. Each sculpture is a character with its own personality, but it does not represent anyone in particular. It can be anyone, an individual looking at you and asking what you would ask yourself.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
I focus on different issues by doing series about them, always with a bit of intuition. I draw using graphite and charcoal and when I sculpt, even if later on the sculptures are presented in bronze, I feel confortable with clay, as clay offers a lot of freshness, texture and colour, as well as great possibilities to represent movement. I also work directly on wood, leaving the marks of the chainsaw, and, if perhaps less, in stone.
How has your work evolved throughout the years?
The most important aspect for me has always been human expression. Initially, though, I achieved such expression through the representation of the body movement and the tension of the shapes. Later, one realises that such interior strength does not have to turn into movement; it is enough to represent a gesture, even if it is timid. Nowadays my work is opening towards other expressive fields. A sculpture is not only a physical and closed object: ins importance lies in what it conveys, and that is an immaterial and invisible issue.