We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhea Carmi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhea, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks challenge you and your creation. Artists has to explore and find new ways to pursue their art. Fear to fell holds you back. You don’t want to be recognized by Brand name and repeat your art work with variations. Doing it make you loose the excitement Of exploring and being challenged. Art history of modern art prove that artists like Picasso ,Louise Bourgeois, Antoni Tapies were very successful in taking risks and evolving their art making. I work on three main series “. The consistency within its variety-or,no less, the variety within its consistency.” typify my step as Peter Frank wrote.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The art market is very difficult. I am Los Angeles based Israeli artist. I came to theUSA in 1981 . I didnt know The Art community. Since i didn’t study Art in the US I wasn’t exposed to the art community. I kept making art ,applied to art competitions and. was chosen to participate. Peter Frank who was a juror in choosing the art work was impressed with my art and was the first to curate my first solo show. This exhibition exposed me to the art community and as a consequence I got solo shows in La jolla california and Hamburg Germany and letter big Show of 77works at Soka. and Napoli Italy and many more. I am proud that my catalogue is in Moca staff library. I am also proud to being featured in Text book Bellow the surface for Savana university. Persistence in my pursue of making art and being true to my principals kept me going. . The audience feel if you believe in what you do and react acordingly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Getty, Getty Villa, Moca, old city lA, Old city Pasadena, French restaurants and Beautiful scenery in Malibu Hills.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was inspired by the Spanish artist Antoni Tapies . He utilizes varied materials like Tar, sand. Dirt etc. Peter Frank the renown Art critic Have a big roll in my carrier, he curated my first solo exhibition in 2004 and encouraged me all the way to keep exploring.Dr Roberta Carasso also has big influence on me.
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