Briefly describe the work you do.
May main activities regards to artist books, drawings and installations.
Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.
I graduated in Art but the thing that inspires me the most is not the technician of the art work but to look towards my interaction with my surroundings. I lived, during my childhood, nearby a hydroelectric plant in the Amazon rainforest and the diaspora and major routes and the full panorama if it, because filled my soul with pleasure, always ended up appearing somehow in my work.
The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”
My thoughts are that the Studio plays an important role in every artist work, it might exist. In fact it’s inside the studio that happens all the work planning and some execution, even if part of it is performed elsewhere, as with some impressions or premises when drawing directly in space.
What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?
Nowadays my work is related to editing my books and also doing myself a task of its distribution and everything else that relates to that work. When I first started making art I did not even know how to create or produce books. I thought they were a part of my job that hardly represented what I really did at that time, but as times goes by it ended up becoming the main focus of my production. It is super rewarding tho. Today I have my books sold at Printed Matter in New York, something I never imagined in my life.
When do you find is the best time to make art? Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?
I don’t have a specific timing to produce art, since I work every day in my home-studio. As I produce and in the same time I do everything else that has to be done in my routine I need to organize well my time, because there is always plenty to do besides work… like now, I find myself answering this questionnaire.
How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?
Basically I can tell that I used to work with sole/single-unit productions. With the time I moved into book projects what led me to a broader massive production. I used to do single pieces, now I produce multiple ones. Also I entered other art methods such as the use of other alternative medias and photography. What remained the same, tho, was the drawing part. You can still find it within my work.
How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?
What influences me the most are all the places I ever been and/or lived on and pasts events in my life – not specific people.
Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests?
Not in my professional life. Besides that, well, I enjoy running, but not that I see myself as a marathoner, but I enjoy being outside and putting up energy outside of me other than producing.
Master’s Degree in Visual Poetry by ECA USP and graduated from FAAP, Katia Fiera held eight solo exhibitions, among them “(To Get There, 2012)” with launch of the book of the same name, its first international show was in Paradigms gallery in Barcelona. Recently received the Award PROAC Book Artist 2014. The work, especially in design, investigates the support of this practice, ranging from paper to space, which takes an installation character. The variation of support serves the artist as a way to give a playful journey to the design that folds out into various presentations, ranging from paper and the object to architecture.
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