O-A: What is art to you? Is creating an urge, necessity or maybe an incontournable, essential way of life?
Art is my way to feel connected with myself, to feel I know who I am. Every color and movement in painting affect me and I love who I am when I am creating.
O-A: Who or what inspired you artistically; a person, artist, event, experience…
Francesca Borgo: I am inspired by daily outdoor walks: I find balance and freedom in retracing my steps, enjoying the lights, diving into the smallest details of the scene. Also, when I touch the bark of old trees I feel connected to earth and my perception of time expands, allowing calm feelings and a sense of perspective.
O-A: What is a vivid memory of a remark concerning your art that got stuck with you?
Francesca Borgo: A collector told me he loves watching at the two painting he has as if they were windows open to light and feelings of being free. Then, the comment of a collector saying that she thinks my paintings gives her the idea of “abstract impressionism”, emphasising movement and fleeting emotions.
O-A: How has your art changed over time? Why?
Francesca Borgo: Initially my art was bolder, matter painting was emphasising thickness and sharp light/shadow contrasts. Over the last year I preferred to let out more subtle effects, both visual and tactile, to represent more nuanced states of mind and emotions.
O-A: Are you a synesthet? Have synesthet ever commented on your paintings? How?
Francesca Borgo: I often have images of colors arranged in shapes and configurations when I am moving intensely )and not thinking a lot), sometimes also when I listen to music (especially classical music). This is also a precious source of inspiration, not in terms of what I actually see, but in terms of the emotions I want to represent.
O-A: What names do you give your artworks?
Francesca Borgo: I love to choose names that reflect what I am thinking/experiencing when I paint that particular work; I also love to take words or small sentences from poets – lately I named many paintings from verses of Pablo Neruda, a poet from Chile I love very much.