Gina Siliquini, a selection of images from her body of works.
Q: Is the medium you use important in portraying your identity as an artist?
A: The medium is not necessarily important to me. Although by using the camera I do feel that I can get closer and more intimate with a person. I usually work with small cameras. The most important thing is that the person portrayed feels at home with me, only then can a portrait really emerge. The medium is then an afterthought.
Q: Is a portrait always the outside of an inner world?
A: For me, yes. The inner world is what is so incredibly beautiful and complex. The body is the shell, with all its scars and beauty, that embodies the inner world. So the physical always reflects the inner, everything is energy.
Q: Is a portrait meant to be looked at for a long time?
A: Yes! I like to watch, observe to the point that I get bored and then watch again. Details say so much, the longer you look, the more the story of the person.
Q: How do you deal with the concept of time and space within your methodology as a visual creative artist - and do you deal differently with time and space within the identity of the images you create?
A: We need to let go of time and space. Wanting to grab hold of it leads to a lack of breathing space, a lack of breathing space leads to losing play. Playing ensures that we come close to the now, in which we are not concerned with time and space. From there we create, and from there we are.
Q: When do you see the soul of the person portrayed in the image?