Artist and freelance journalist, Claudio Parentela tells P&P about his influences, his art and creative process.
I plan absolutely anything, first of all, I need good music. I listen to everything and that’s when the magic happens, everything a wonderful new adventure begins. I don’t know what will happen, but every time, punctually, the magic begins and I can’t stop it nor want it to. The shapes, colours, lines and knots all intersect each other, everything finds it’s place and everything goes in its place, everything goes in another place and each image blends itself with the next one. Every image quarrels and loves with the previous one and every image loosens the knots of the next. All the images dance, play, cancel and merge themselves into a single image.
I love to combine photography and collage together.
First of all, for a creative natural need, a natural evolution of my being and artistic feeling, a crazy and huge love for the photography, my love for the white and the black, my passion for the black ink, the need to constantly to experiment in a free, crazy anarchic way. My will to be always free, myself and the continuous to mingle myself and to mix styles, ideas, things, people environments, books, magazines, fashion, comics. All used in a single gesture, in a single chaotic confused idea, the follow incessantly the flow of my images without restraint, always overcoming my limits and the limits of the medium, of the mediums, always merging all, always tainting all, pasting and cutting scenes, photos, collages, colours. I empty and I fill my mind continually, I continually multiply and I increase my seen countless of times with 1000 new and different eyes.
My muses and my inspirations are so many like Diamanda Galas, Ghedaliah Tazartes, Can, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone, Suicide & Alan Vega, Aurobindo and the Mother, my beloved tarots, Kundalini Yoga and Qi Gong, Miss Carolyne, Sai Baba, Krishnamurti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Virginia Woolf, Unica Zurn, Franz Kafka, Cesare Pavese, Derek Jarman, Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano and Moschini and Miles Davis and Ornette Colemann and Shirley Horn, Mickey Mouse and Asterix and the Sex Pistols, I like the Renaissance painters, the Byzantine icons and the Sacred art and Andy Warhol, Patty Waters and Joni Mitchell, Genesis P. Orridge & Thee Majesty, Coil, Merzbow, Masonna, Terry Callier, The Incapacitans, Frank Zappa, Boyd Rice, Can, Swans, Suicide, Patty Waters, NOT, Lydia Lunch, Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso and Pablo Picasso, oh I love him so much, Tom Van Der Borght, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, many underground comics, my books, many many zines, magazines, my cats, the flowers in my garden, my travels, people, my friends, the laughters, so much much more again…
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