Giulia Borsi | Issue Ten Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and your work

What are the main themes in your artwork

Growing up in Liguria, where the mountains meet the sea, I have always been inspired by the typical landscape surrounding me. I’ve spent most of my childhood observing the natural world and the visual resonances within it.

Today this fascination for nature is a fundamental part of my work. I draw inspiration from traditional scientific illustrations, bringing them to the present day through a modern aesthetics and great attention to details. My illustration are made with traditional techniques and then edited and digitally colored.

What art do you most identify with? any specific influences or research areas?

Scientific illustrations, especially from the 1800s I think the research is a huge part of the final artwork, for this reason, one of my biggest influences is Ernst Haeckel. Not just an artist, but also biologist, zoologist and philosopher. He made art a research and discovery tool driven by curiosity.

What is your working process?

Research is the first step, and probably the most important. After that I create a digital composition to be used as a reference for the final sketch so I proceed with graphite pencils and paper stumps. At the end I scan the drawing and I move to the digital editing and coloring using Photoshop and Astropad on an iPad pro.

Is there something you couldn't live without in your studio? what is your most essential tool?

Pencils! They are an essential tool for my work, I make 90% of my artworks with them.

How do you navigate the art world?

Mostly through social networks and art associations, but I try to visit exhibitions as often as possible. Seeing a live artwork is an emotion that social media cannot transmit.

What do you feel the role of artists and photographers is in society?

I think it’s to educate, how and what it depends on the artist. It isn’t an easy role and involves responsibility, but it’s essential, especially in this historical period.

Are there any upcoming exhibitions or projects in the works?

There is an ongoing exhibition in Nantes, France and another one will be the next spring in Bologna, Italy.


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