Interview: Simone Rosti on The Palette Pages

“The Palette Pages is thrilled to introduce the art and interview by Art-Rooms selected artist Simone Rosti

Self taught or art school?

Self taught

If you could own one work of art what would it be?

An artwork of Maurizio Cattelan, it’s not important which one.

How would you describe your style?

I think to be a “not” photographer in the usual sense of the term, but an artist who uses the photography as a painter uses a brush or as a writer uses the word. Essentially, I think I am a conceptual artist who uses photography.

It was not easy to make others understand my art. Sometimes I have been considered as questionable technical photographer. Sometimes a photographer monothematic …The truth is that I do not care about the result and aesthetics of my work. I simply capture fragments of reality and I emphasize them up to the state of mind where I am. The results are my artworks with their imperfections, their misunderstandings, their incompleteness: our life. I never conceived shooting as a technical exercise where everything was balanced in search of perfection. Simply it was not my purpose. Conversely I found in imperfection and movement the key to my expression.

I think my art is very original, distinctive and identifiable. It is not common among photographers artists who often transit over in many areas with the risk to lose the fil rouge of their thought. I chose to stay in well-defined areas in favor of coherence; maybe in the future I could stop to produce artworks and I will focus on writing…The artist who recycles himself, selling his product as an object of consumption, does not interest me.

I am intrigued by essence and absence. I shoot through rapid movement of scenery: this is the starting point for subtraction, exasperation of contrast and scarification of the image until nothing but essence is left, an intimate and hidden projection of Self, an outstretched hand toward the viewer.”

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