The stone is flighty
Sculpture is on his way to dialogue with the world. Flavio T. Petricca prefers to introduce himself with his work, rather than with his awards to avoid thoughts or opinions that could influence his work. Flavio is in love with art, its fullness, lightness and its continuous changeability. His latest project arises from this point of view called L'immobilità della Pietra non è Libertà (The immobility of the Stone is not Freedom), title taken from a sentence of Maxim Gorky.
When, how and why did you start to dedicate yourself to art?
Well, there is not a date or a specific time. I approached art at a very young age thanks to my family. I started to "make" art as a teenager, painting came first, then I started to investigate the forms and the sense of touch, using some synthetics materials.
Who believed more in you?
Everyone. I know it seems a generic answer, but anyone believed in me and in my art. When I say “believing” I mean that others were able to feel as I feel it.
What has been your greatest satisfaction and emotion?
I work to reach it every day, I could say that maybe I'm still waiting for it.
What is your dream?
My dream is to be able to grow enough to find the Artwork. One with a capital A, the one that does not make you sleep, the one that fills and empties you at the same time.
What is the project that represents you most so far?
It is the project on which I am working at the moment: I edit stones with silicon (Petricca - Stone), but the purpose is to "infect" different areas of the city of Rome with these pebbles. Why? Because behind the attention towards the "modified" aesthetics, this project drives the attention to the involved area, and demonstrate that each one of us can and should do something for his own territory.
Tell us about your next projects
I have many projects. Like art itself, I change continuously: I like to set new goals to grow and improve. A recent discovery for me is to try to share this particular experimental art on the streets, hopefully enriching pedestrians with unexpected emotions.
What do you want to convey with your works?
When I create something, I do not know exactly what it will be. It is a long process: I perceive the artwork as something that is deep-rooted in me, to be able to see it I have to work it with my mania. Then I can finally see and understand it: I will give it a name, a value and finally a feeling, an emotion, a word that did not know existed.
What do you feel when you work?
I could not define it, but without art I would feel suffocated.
What inspires you?
My source of inspiration is my biggest fear: blindness. I learn things by touching them, creating them, giving them surfaces and shapes to discover.