Francesca Bifulco is an amazing young Italian artist who will never get lost in a crowd … despite the fact that she paints them. Living and working between the U.S. and Italy, Francesca leads an international life that keeps her moving. In our interview she told us about amusement parks, sex, Caravaggio and her current show at the ADC Gallery in L.A.
Tell me more about “In the Crowd”
”In The Crowd” is me. It’s my painting project and it was entirely produced by brush strokes on a large canvas. The painting is crowded with people, this is my passion, that is, an attraction towards instinctive human blocks. I am interested in all of those feelings that enliven the body and soul of a crowd: assault, delirium, compactness, the mingling of different people and the ungovernable. “In The Crowd” is always in full production.
What puts you in an inspired mood?
Change, a good drink, maybe finding myself in a crowd, an argument, coincidence, a meeting, the intro to Apocalypse Now, my Dad, the feeling of total independence from a dominating life, life itself, Radiohead’s “Talk Show Host,” loneliness, marshmallows, Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio, driving without knowing where you’re heading, listening to my favourite music, and so on. It’s not like in one of those films in which the only good thing is the ending, it’s everything.
Can you define art in a few words?
Art is sex! More sex! But I don’t care what people do in bed.
What’s on your bedroom walls?
Which bedroom? I’ve been moving around a lot recently and staying in lots of different rooms. In one of the rooms I recently stayed in there was a poster of the two ‘Twilight’ actors in a very romantic pose: I just ran! In my room there’s nothing on the walls now. I’ve re-painted them and there’s only Dario Argento’s autograph in one corner. In my lab I have a collection of photos from the 1970s which I found and bought in a vintage market in Los Angeles and of course the canvases I work on.
When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
I often changed ideas. I remember that for some time I was convinced I would become the owner of the biggest amusement park in the country. Then, for a time, I wanted to be a paper cutter. I always had a pair of scissors in my hands. I would cut anything, until one day I cut up a really beautiful silk bedcover and I was made to change my mind.
How do you know when one of your artworks is complete?
I try to establish this from the very start. With every canvas I set myself a time limit and I do my best to keep to it. It’s a job that takes a lot of lucidity….it’s like when you know who you are dealing with. I proceed in an obsessive and maniacal way, especially when I’m painting facial expressions. When I feel the obsession weakening in my hands, it means that the canvas is ready. You just give that one last stroke with the paintbrush and you know it’s the final one. The work is complete. Then it’s just pure, volcanic and immoral happiness!
Please ask yourself a question and give us your answer!
Am I looking for the perfect colour? No. Am I looking for the perfect line? Yes.
Francesca Bifulco’s work is on display at the ADC Gallery in Bergamot Station in L.A. through June 27.