Marisabel Bazan -Interview -Soulstice at Exxhibit Arts

Tell me about your upbringing? When did art become a focus for you? 
I was born and raised in Panama by a Politician Father and an Artist Mother so art was always a part of my life. I started focusing on my creative journey at a very young age. At 7 years old, I began training as a professional dancer and that evolved into music as a musician/singer/songwriter. 

When I was in my early 30s, painting landed in my life and I truly embraced it becoming my daily practice. Since then I have been painting & sculpting every day. 

Your show is called "Soulstice", tell me about that and what does it represent?
Soulstice is an exhibition that celebrates the return to the light; inviting you to take a moment and reestablish the connection of the human spirit. Inspired by Earth kissing the sky at sunrise, and kissing the sea at sunset, Soulstice is a triumph over darkness and the welcoming transmutation of a new era of the human experience. It is a memento of a former life and the representation of alignment and new beginnings. 

Can you tell me about your creative process on the pieces that are being exhibited? 

 This series of work came to life during the pandemic. We experienced so many mixed emotions and feelings and I channeled that energy to create. I repurposed materials that I had in the studio and was very inspired by the colors of the sky; which I wanted to translate into my canvases as the inspiration for this new body of work. I enjoy using mixed media and challenging myself to transform things I already have. 

Who are your biggest influences? 
Human beings are a big influence in my work. All of my art is created to be a catalyst to inspire others to reach for and attain their highest potential. That being said, some of my favorite artists are Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey and Jackson Pollock.

Which current artist trends are you following?
I don’t really follow trends. I try to bring to life what comes from my imagination & gather inspiration everywhere which I feel has given me freedom in my creative mediums. 

How do you classify and categorize your artwork? 
I classify myself as a multimedia artist. I work in many different mediums and I feel that my work is a mixture of expressionism, street art, and fine art. 
What is the most important, relevant or influential book you read last? 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. This is a book that I constantly revisit. Over the last year, I reread it several times and it always teaches you something new.