Interview with Liliana Folta

Interview with Liliana Folta / Spotlight
By Ileana Surducan
Published in Ceramics Now Magazine Issue 2

What sparked your interest for ceramics?

I was in college taking painting classes and I wanted to learn sculpture. One day I stopped by the sculpture lab to ask the instructor if I could audit the class. She agreed and handed me a piece of clay. I was amazed at the work of the students. A retired engineer was making intriguing ceramic sculptures. The forms were powerful and provocative. At that moment I thought of how versatile and expressive clay could be to express both powerful and delicate ideas. It was, for me, the medium of infinite possibilities.

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Liliana Folta exhibition / Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA

Liliana Folta exhibition, Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham

Liliana Folta exhibition / Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA
September 27 - October 28, 2012

Opening reception and Artist talk: October 4, 7-9 pm.

Liliana Folta is a Latin American multidisciplinary artist. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

"The potential ability of the imagination has an important impact in our lives. Minds have visual images that we collect through our lives.

These inner-images that represent my works are examinations of my existence. However, in this bank of memories I cherish every possible emotion; happiness, growing pains, family loss, first love, motherhood, sexuality, multicultural experiences, frustration, society’s rules and most importantly the celebration of life.

As an artist I like to work with different mediums especially acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures. For the past few years I have been experimenting with mixed media installation. The freedom of expanding my work in another dimension makes me feel more connected with the viewers.

The process of my work mostly is very spontaneous; the rest comes along with what my subconscious has been saving in my bank of memories, throughout my life and the happening of the moment.”

Exhibition in collaboration with Mike Vickers (Light effects) and Gustavo Jiménez (Experimental sounds).
Curator: Olga Shmuylovich.

Liliana Fonta’s works are in several private and public collections in the United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Poland, Museum of Contemporary Ceramics - Dominican Republic, Ku Art Center - Beijing.

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Liliana Folta

Liliana Folta Contemporary Latin American Ceramics

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“The potential ability of the imagination has an important impact in our lives.  Minds have visual images that we collect through our lives.

These inner-images that represent my works are examinations of my existence. However, in this bank of memories I cherish every possible emotion; happiness, growing pains, family loss, first love, motherhood, sexuality, multicultural experiences, frustration, social-political issues and most importantly the celebration of life.

As an artist I like to work with different mediums, especially ceramics and acrylic paintings. Lately I have been experimenting with ceramic installations and mixed media. The freedom of expanding my work in another dimension makes me feel more connected with the viewers.
The process of my work mostly is very spontaneous. The rest comes along with what my subconscious has been saving in my bank of memories, throughout my life and the happening of the moment.” Liliana Folta

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Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, 2009, (on going) traveling/interaction/installation: ceramic chain, bullets & bowl; white gesso, ink, wooden chair, white sheets, rug, soldier boots, paper, high temp wire, 3x7x2 ft.

Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, 2009, (on going) traveling/interaction/installation: ceramic chain, bullets & bowl; white gesso, ink, wooden chair, white sheets, rug, soldier boots, paper, high temp wire, 3x7x2 ft.

Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, detail 2. The ceramic bullets are signed by soldiers, veterans, and/or their families from different wars throughout history: WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Islas Malvinas War, etc.

Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, detail 2. The ceramic bullets are signed by soldiers, veterans, and/or their families from different wars throughout history: WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Islas Malvinas War, etc.

Liliana Folta: Freedom on Wheels, 2010, ceramic, oxides, glazes, found objects, high temp wire, 15x8x5.5in.

Liliana Folta: Freedom on Wheels, 2010, ceramic, oxides, glazes, found objects, high temp wire, 15x8x5.5in.

Liliana Folta: Oíd el Ruido de Rotas Cadenas (Hear the Sounds of Broken Chains), 2010, Installation for the 1st Biennial of the Americas, unglazed ceramic chains, cotton canvas chains, wood, mirror, iron, high temp wire, 13ft. x 56in Diam.

Liliana Folta: Oíd el Ruido de Rotas Cadenas (Hear the Sounds of Broken Chains), 2010, Installation for the 1st Biennial of the Americas, unglazed ceramic chains, cotton canvas chains, wood, mirror, iron, high temp wire, 13ft. x 56in Diam.

Liliana Folta: Memories & Flowers of a Warrior in a Sandbox, ceramic, oxides, glazes, high temp wire, 8x5in.

Liliana Folta: Memories & Flowers of a Warrior in a Sandbox, ceramic, oxides, glazes, high temp wire, 8x5in.

Liliana Folta: In the Garden, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 11.5x5x5in.

Liliana Folta: In the Garden, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 11.5x5x5in.

Liliana Folta: Inhale-Exhale-Explode, 2009/10, ceramic installation, oxides, glazes, wood, high temp wire, 14x12x4in (each)

Liliana Folta: Inhale-Exhale-Explode, 2009/10, ceramic installation, oxides, glazes, wood, high temp wire, 14x12x4in (each)

Liliana Folta: Rococo Shoes, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.

Liliana Folta: Rococo Shoes, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.

Liliana Folta: Sitting Pretty, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.

Liliana Folta: Sitting Pretty, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.