The Ideas & Curation Behind A Chilean Illustrator’s Work – Camila Pino Gay
Did Neil Armstrong land on the moon? When the U.S.S.R and the U.S.A were in a space race to get to the moon, were the moon landings faked? Well one illustrator believes these themes “altered the naturalness of a daily landscape of the decade of the 50s.”
Camila Pino Gay is an illustrator from Chile who will be having an exhibition on two series of works relating to the supernatural, and how logos and signs relating to these topics can be easily altered with just a letter or word. We caught up with Camila and asked her a few questions about her work, her inspirations and the creatives in China who has caught her eye.
How did you get into doing prints?
My experience and knowledge of engraving extends for more than 17 years, during this time I studied various techniques such as xylography, lithography and metal print to dedicate myself to full-time in silk print. It was in the University of Chile during my studies of Visual Arts that I took a course and I fell in love with the technique specializing myself to this day.
What inspired you to begin doing this work?
In 1997, when I was 15 years old, on a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts I met the work of the Chilean artist Eugenio Dittborn, it was an exhibition of his Aeropostales Paintings in which he uses various prints techniques and especially silk print on textile, I was very interested in his use of graphics and color as well as the use of non-traditional media such as genres and cartoons. This first encounter with a graphic artist was a great inspiration to know the techniques he used, after that I took different courses of engraving to develop my own work before entering college.
Are any prints artists or illustrators from China you admire?
The work of Cai Guo-Qiang is impressive, especially the drawings of fire based on powder and explosions allusive to the big bang are present. The series The Great Critic of artist Wang Guangyi in which he takes pictures of cultural revolution propaganda and contemporary logos of Western advertisements. Zhang Xiaogang’s monochromatic paintings reminiscent of family portraits of the 1950s and 1960s.
Tell us about the show you are doing at FLIP gallery?
In this exhibition I show a series of silk prints created all during the year 2016, initially I take images that I transfer from media, documentary archives like the expedition apollo and images of UFO sightings of the decade of the 50s. After having the selection of images, I digitally work them to stamp it with the technique of the four-color process, in this technique four calibrated colors are printed: cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
Which overlap with each other to form a broader spectrum of colors due also to the transparency of the inks. Each of these colors is printed by hand using traditional techniques. This is a very laborious process that requires each color to have its own matrix, is individually printed, allowed to dry and then printed the next layer color. All the silkscreens in this exhibit are part of a limited edition of very few copies.
Any plans for the near future?
I do not work much to make long-term plans, I’m more of the idea of working every day in my workshop as I’m constantly creating, different projects and new jobs will always appear.
What advice would you give for any young illustrator or anyone starting illustration?
Work hard, be patient and follow your intuition.