Flora collection, the new collaboration at the hand of Barcelona artist Santi Moix has born from the admiration of Nani Marquina. Is an exercise that continues to support culture and art.
We’ve talked with Santi, to discover the roots of the collaboration, his universe of flowers and his relationship with color.
Why flowers? What do they express that fascinates you?
The flowers have come to me, I didn’t look for them. Many of the works I do are due to coincidences. I started to explore flowers with a proposal from Page Gallery and John Watanabe who suggested the theme to me.
What did you like about the project of flowers?
Flowers surround us, we have them close every day, they are part of our lives, perhaps because they are something so common they go unnoticed. When the project was proposed to me, it coincided with a vital moment in which I realized that the values of flowers spoke of many things that were close to me at that time. I was interested in the idea that flowers connect people, of being able to make an art that did not start from an elitist concept but that the result was democratic.
Carlota Marquina, nanimarquina’s art director, has chosen some of the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona to showcase this collection: Xavier Corberó house in Esplugues de Llobregat. An election based not only in the aesthetics but because both hallmarks are related with the work and life of the artist. Corbero´s, who passed some time of his career in New York, helped Santi Moix at his arrival to the big metropolis and became almost a mentor to him.
How did this collaboration begin? Had you met Nani before?
We met some years ago, we have some friends in common. Mainly artists and some that have collaborated with nanimarquina in the past as well, such as Javier Mariscal and Xano Armenter. Then we saw each other again a couple of summers ago in Empordà, Barcelona countryside. This time I showed her one of my recent installations, the interior of St. Victor church in the Catalan village of Saurí. We started by trying to reproduce a porcelain flower from inside the church. But it was when she saw my paintings notebook that the project really kicked off. She told me that she had been wanting to do a flower rug for years but couldn’t find the right flowers and apparently, she did so with my paintings.
Explain us the concept behind the Flora collection and your thoughts on color.
Each one of the rugs reflect an explosion of light where everybody can feel related, as I mention flowers have a beginning and an ending, they are very democratic. Each flower reflects a different time of their life and each stage is interesting and important. I sometimes prefer when they are at the beginning or in a fragile stage rather than at their most explosive moment, because at these final moments they have the trace/ footprint of what they have lived. It’s been a process of craft, of understanding flowers and painting them constantly and I think each flower on the rugs reflects this work behind it, only by this constant painting I think I manage to reflect the subtleness of every stage of flowers
Color is something difficult to explain, if I could explain you, I wouldn’t paint it anymore. I don’t use color to decorate or enhance but to highlight those states of the flowers that I would like to express. Color is also closely linked to your state of mind and is important to be modest when you use it, and give it a common thread, have something to tell. So the color just accompanies and does not exceed what you want to say.