“I merely create color illusions”Dani Mayo
Sara Sanz’s interview with Dani Mayo
- Tell us about the The Biombo Muse, your artwork. How did the idea come to be and what inspired you? What did you want to represent?
It’s a female allegory or muse to art and culture.I love painting women and having them as the protagonists of my work.
I was looking through a fashion magazine when I saw the picture of a bride with an amazing hairstyle. The model had her hair teased and looked like a big cake full of flowers, ribbons and pearls decorating it. That’s when I came up with the idea of a Carnival queen with a colorful headdress… and voilà! I thought that creating a romantic headdress using the iconic elements from each of the artistic aspects that The Biombo displays was a good way for all of them to have their own bit of spotlight over the muse’s head.
Because the headdress is circular, it invites the viewer to imagine many more iconic elements that may be at the back of it, meaning that the world of arts has no limits.
- What do you want to express through The Biombo Muse?
I want people to feel the diversity, strength and color that characterizes the world of Art and Culture. It’s a complex yet necessary world that can’t ever disappear. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s horrible; sometimes it’s kind, sometimes it’s greedy; sometimes it feels close, sometimes it feels strange… but who am I to define it, if I’m just a mere creator of color illusions?
“The world of art is limitless”Dani Mayo
Post by Sara Sanz for The Biombo Blog (@the_biombo)
Translated by Andrea Barrocal Velasco