Art Talks with Camilla Cicoria
"We can all connect emotionally to art, in all its different forms art can be emotionally healing, rewarding and very grounding. Art offers something truly special outside of our very demanding, socially driven lifestyles."
Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you, and what do you do?
I was born in South Africa, studied textiles and worked in the design field for most of my twenties. I got married and then we decided to immigrate to Australia in early 2000 .I then worked in the product development field for home textiles . My son was born in 2007 and I decided I no longer wanted to go back to full time employment, so I started painting from my garage and slowly sold some artwork to friends and eventually some stores stocked my work, and the rest is history.
My daughter was born in 2011 and by this time I was full time selling my art. My socials started to grow, and I have enjoyed connecting with buyers all over Australia and Internationally.
How does creating art make you feel?
Creating art is my happy place. It's such a joy to express yourself onto a canvas and for it to resonate with another person in such a way that they would love to have it in their home, that’s extremely rewarding . Creating with the colours I use fuels my energy and sparks many more creative ideas.
Did you know you would always be an artist?
I can still remember my primary school days where I loved drawing, making cards and even my writing was fancy!! (40 + years ago now) High school was the same and then I studied textiles for four years so yes, I was always very creative and knew this was my direction and have been very happy with my choices.
Why is art important in today's society?
We can all connect emotionally to art, in all its different forms art can be emotionally healing, rewarding and very grounding. Art offers something truly special outside of our very demanding, socially driven lifestyles.
What influences your style or approach to creating art?
I am influenced mostly by colour, it's what stands out the most for me. I create mostly abstract florals. I am drawn to their beauty, form, and of course their myriad of colours.
How has your practice changed over time?
I let myself just create; I don’t overthink anything. I am more confident in my style and also happy to try new styles.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Textile Designer and Product Development Manager.
Some would say the artistic life can be lonely. Do you agree, and if so, what do you do to counteract it?
I've worked from home, alone for so long now and I feel content. I couldn't create in a room full of people, so it suited me, and I’ve always had loud music. I don't feel "alone" so I don't agree.
Name three artists that inspire you.
@sophieteaart - I love how she is so fearless, full of energy, talented ,tries anything and is so engaging.
@tschiegg69 - adore the colours, compositions and her subjects.
@wandacomrie - I love the detail and realism of her work.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
If it's going to be, it's up to me.