We are pleased to publish, in collaboration with The Way Magazine, an interview with the famous English contemporary artist Sara Pope, known throughout the world for being able to convey, with her works of art, the intense emotions of the human being starting from the representation of a single small part of the body: the lips!
“Sara Pope’s works seem to rotate around a single subject, the lips: they are magnetic, they capture the viewer for the glossy colors and their perfection.
We were pleasantly struck by the “pop up” effect generated by Sara’s artistic creations, the strong color contrasts and shapes that immediately enhance the beauty of the subject and spontaneously attract the observer.
But as with any form of art, beauty lies not only in the skill of the artist’s hand but also in knowing how to convey sensations, arouse questions in the viewer, discussions with a new perspective.
From our personal point of view, Sara Pope’s interpretation of lips is just a key to turn the work’s gaze on us: the artist draws the viewer in front of a clear contradiction between truth and fiction, illusion and reality, personality and homologation.
Her artworks express the excesses of our time, the attempt to keep up with an absolutely captivating and at the same time unrealistic, illusory, distorted lifestyle.
They ask about personal aspirations, about life choices, about who we have been and who we will become every day.
Questions arise about how we got to where we are today, who influenced us, why are we so inclined to perfection, why do we pursue beauty, fame, money? With what purpose? Wanting at what cost, sacrificing what?
Perhaps an affirmation of oneself in a capitalist perspective of “I buy therefore I am”?
Like Sara Pope’s works, we are bewitched by excesses, by showy colors, by enveloping and intoxicating shapes, sucked into this infinite wheel without having a precise focus, always discovering who we are and what we want.
Women and men pursue the ideal of beauty, fame, power, in search of perfect balance which consequently also feeds a personal sense of inadequacy.
Sara’s artworks were chosen because they tell a broader story, a transformation in our culture, a transformation in our values and aspirations.”