We are pleased to present the work of Teresa Orazio, a multi-disciplinary street artist, illustrator, designer and creative director from Naples, Italy.
Teresa has worked in creative fields for sixteen years so far, including in advertising, graphic design, cosmetics, fashion, digital media, web, art direction and video. She worked for agencies such as McCann Erickson and has collaborated on projects for Rizzoli Books and Rolling Stone magazine. In Milan, she got involved in the world of street art, an activity she developed and refined in the city of Amsterdam, where she lived for seven years. In Amsterdam, she collaborated with graphic design studios like De DesignPolitie and took part in artistic circles. She is currently living and working in Turin, Italy. Each day she draws and looks for ideas and observations in the streets.
We interviewed Teresa about her work and process.
What’s your story? Can you tell us a little about how you’ve got to where you are now?
My story is simple, since I was a kid I have loved making signs, sketches, drawings on whatever thing I had in my hands. I was born with a pencil in my the hands. I was raised in a family where the communication wasn’t good between its family members, so making drawings for me was the best way, other than dressing up, to express myself. All drawings are autobiographical. What I live, what I can observe—I can tell on paper.
What made you want to become an artist and designer?
Actually, I always have had others interests like music and pet care, but I didn’t have the support I needed in my youth to carry on those interests for different reasons, so I studied only graphic design for a couple of years and then I went further on my own in my career just thanks to my own skills and talent. Furthermore, after the high school graduation I first worked for a communication agency as a graphic designer and then I studied graphic design in Rome.
A dear friend of mine at that time gave me a chance to learn from him the profession of design, working next to him, and then I decided to go to school to study graphic design so.
You are a multi-disciplinary artist working as a street artist, illustrator, painter, and designer. Can you tell us about how your artistic approach changes for each medium or how it stays the same? For instance, what are some of the benefits of doing street art over say regular work on paper?
About art, illustration, painting, the approach is the same, it’s really spontaneous. Normally I follow my instincts when it comes to creating new concepts, and that happens easily.
Nowadays, I don’t always have that approach, it would be better to say I still got it, but only until a certain point, then I need to get external inspiration, inputs to include…You know I am getting old 😉
As a designer, it depends on who I am working with. It depends on the approach and method I find in the agency/studio or the clients I am working with and I can adapt easily to what’s required.
I worked in Italy, in The Netherland,s and Germany and every country has a different approach to work and consequentially to the design discipline.
The name of your studio translates as “dual horizons” and this relates to your way of seeing in two ways at the same time. Can you tell us more about what these two ways of seeing are?
It’s about a Plan A and a Plan B.
Can you tell us a little about your artistic process? For instance, with your series Subtraction, is this work created by taking out elements from a composition?
Subtraction is a project that is my most recent work. As you can see through my drawings I work with lines and abstract and geometric shapes, in that project I extrapolate and subtracted some of those shapes from the whole drawing putting them again together but in different combinations. This can be called the Plan B and the original drawing from which I extrapolate and subtracted some of its shapes—it can be called the Plan A. That’s the core of Doppiorizzonte.
Who are some of your influences, what artists or designers do you admire?
Influences: surrealism, abstract expressionism, craft, graffiti, northern culture, the art masters from the past, and music for sure.
I have only one favorite artist, he is Italian Valerio Adami http://www.wikiart.org/en/valerio-adami
What are you working on now?
Now I am working on my network, I have to expand it, and I am looking for a job in a creative field, that’s what I call work.