Meetings with Art: Irene Guerrieri
“The human being expresses itself through artistic work and denounces its discomforts, its fears, its joys, its sorrows, its needs in the search for a better world”
Among the artists of AAA. Accessible Art for All, we meet Irene Guerrieri, an architect and design enthusiast, who create art dedicates for children and precisely, illustrations of children’s books and numerous publications products, games and accessories, targeted for the childhood.
According to this artist the bathroom is a magical place where get in contact and take care of yourself while reflecting on the relationship with the outside world.
“Bathroom is one of several rooms in the house, but perhaps it is the one in which we have the most intimate contact with our body, perceiving its needs and taking care of its various parts. In the bathroom, the concept of personal cleanliness and self-care comes into play. Generally, in bathroom we found at least a a mirror thought which we enter into a relationship with our self, looking at our faces and bodies. In the bathroom, we discover the strengths and weaknesses of our bodies, we observe them and devise strategies to enhance and/or correct them. In the bathroom, more than in other places, we accept who we are and how we physically show ourselves to others. This happens not only through the mirror, through which, if we are benevolent, we can smile and learn to accept ourselves, but also through the use of other tools, which can be used to wash ourselves and to take care of ourselves and our physiological needs, to come out a little reborn, tidier, cleaner and substantially more beautiful and presentable. The bathroom as a place of physical regeneration should have larger space or should be more decorated or enriched so that everyone can feel at ease and happily welcomed. Within the space of a house, bathrooms would have more square meters and more furniture while in a public space a greater attention should be paid to the variety of types of people who frequent it in order to dedicate recognition and sensitivity to them”.
The nature of transforming every external stimulus into ingredients of an artistic creation, allows the artist to identify the bathroom as a receptacle of signs, shapes and colors that lead her to new ideas. Creativity, through memory and imagination, affirms itself in new and original projects in which to be reflected:
“Precisely because the bathroom is such an intimate and individual place we find ourselves reflecting, within this space, in absolute silence and tranquility, without interference and interruptions, and from there, right from the bathroom, sometimes, brilliant ideas are born, absolutely creative and original. We stand there, looking at the tiles and accessories around us, or listening to the noises coming from outside the door. Our imagination associates the shapes, the colors, and even the noises we hear while in the bathroom to something very dear to our memory, and that just while we are there we make re-emerge, … and from the combination of what we see with what resurfaces from our memory new creative ideas come out. This has happened to me many times. Sometimes, while dwelling on the shape or decoration of a tile, or a detail, or an inscription in the bathroom, my mind began to travel far away to other scenarios caused by those shapes, those colors, and those letters, evoking images in my memory. Often in the bathroom I have found the nascent idea for new design concepts, but above all in the bathroom I have found myself with my thoughts and my creativity”.
In recognizing a inherent saving power in art, the artist reveals us that the message of his art is raising awareness. Art becomes a tool to interface with humanity, an accessible language that allows users to connect without borders: “Art must convey messages of awareness, if we recognize in art its saving power and free individual expression. The human being expresses itself through artistic work and denounces its discomforts, its fears, its joys, its sorrows, its needs in the search for a better world. The saving art is a message of hope and union. The sensitive soul of the artist can sensitize others through a work capable of launching a message, a cry, a denunciation, but also simply an attention and a reflection to which we are all, every now and then, called to stop and welcome. Through my art I usually express my need to interface with nature, to receive from her the necessary energy to face difficulties. Nature, with its shapes and colors, is a great source of inspiration through which I compose my saving message, first of all for myself, and then for those who want to grasp it. We should never stop using art as an indispensable tool to live life to the fullest and to connect with the whole of humanity. Art speaks of humanity without distinctions or barriers”.