We had the good fortune of connecting with Leire Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leire, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Actually, in the end it was a need to express myself through painting. Until I started to pulling the thread and ten years later I am still developing my creative process through my work. I did not choose it
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what differentiates my work is the technique itself and honesty. Or at least that’s what I try to do. I don’t work with photographs, each work arises from an idea that takes shape as the work progresses, it is the material itself that suggests which path to follow. To achieve the atmospheres I need to build and deconstruct constantly.That is, making and unmaking. I use a lot of material. Many layers of paint. I move between figurative and abstract. To achieve works that, apparently, are simple, but complex in their execution.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To the Garrotxa, a volcanic area of Girona. I would surely propose a picnic in the countryside. We would sleep in my camper van, my travel house and my studio at the same time. We would spend a week among wheat fields, beech forests, rivers, mountains covered with fog, volcanoes and inhabited abandoned places, habited again, by nature. We wouldn’t really do too much. That’s the ideal plan: observe and have time to do very little. It would be my ideal plan. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my father, who gave me my first box of oil paints and who has supported me the most, in every single way. To my friend Paula, who was the first to show a real interest in my work and who encouraged me to continue investigating my creative process. I wish she could see them now. I transformed the pain of her death into a stimulus to create. Lastly to my teacher, Manuel Sánchez Almendros and August Vilella, an artist.