Cayetano Ferrandez is an artist that we follow and deserves our attention in an exclusive interview we got with him. Cayetano answered a few quations so we can get to know him better, his inspiration and work. Enjoy!
How and why did you get into the art Industry?
I always feel that I am not regarding with the art industry, and I have never followed the predominant trend. Luckily my economic situation has never depended on art which has always allowed a total creative freedom. My photographs are the result of a need for expression and they represent a method of relief, denunciation and liberation. I think basically my work serve to me as a way to reflect about everything that happens around me, they are a path to self-knowledge.
Where did you study, etc?
I don’t have professional studies, I learnt in different workshops and courses of several artists-photographers. My references were always Goya, Magritte, Fellini or Brossa. Recently Roland Toporo or Samuel Beckett, we never finish to learn. My interests ground on many different art disciplines.
How would you describe your style?
I feel as a dog who turn around the same surreal tree, taking symbolic elements.
My top topics are the loneliness, manipulation, illusion, wishes and the life sense.
How varied are your works?
Actually, I have always worked on the human figure, although It was a casualty that I changed the skin to the plastic of articulated dolls. My work place have ever been the studio and the artificial light, now it is more expressive, particular and easier at the same time.
Do you have a signature touch in your works?
I don’t know, nevertheless, I struggle to try to fill with content the photographs, I think the goal will be achieved if the viewer ponders about the piece.
What do you love about being an artist?
The best is that I can see the life in a new light, to change the things sense and to look at everything from another side, another point of view.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The inspiration comes from the wish of change, to think another future is possible, that the situation is not just how somebody wants to make believe us. We are owners of our life and we can change it.
What are some of your most popular works?
The more popular works are the most simple, the easy reading or more anecdotic ones, it is not mean that these are the best, like the market or the good art not always go together.
Tell us a bit about some of your works and what you love about them. What’s your favourite and why?
Three photographs of my last work “The gray man”: “The Yves Klein jump” (El salto de Yves Klein) 2012 which refer to this same artist and its photograph, but I have added crutches instead of wings as superation of the own limitations; “Equestrian figure”(Figura ecuestre) 2012 which represents the years of the Spanish dictatorship to me.“Upside down world” (Mundo del revés) 2012 is the feeling that everything is wrong, that everything is upside down.
El salto de Yves Klein:
Upside down world
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I am taking up to make sculptures about some of my best photographs and surprisingly they are working as a sculpture as well. However I had never thought it until now, currently, I consider me more sculptor than a photographer or maybe photo set designer. This enriches the conceptual idea which is important.
What is your philosophy on art and life?
That question is difficult to answer. I can tell that I have known whole my life what I didn’t want to do and now, I am 50 years, I am beginning to find my spot, my method to communicate and those which I want to tell. In my opinion, the research starts off to find repeated patterns in the own work and to think about that. But when I am creating, I use to lead me by the intuition, letting flow…
What are your art dreams/goals?
I think the excessive ambition bring just stress and unhappiness. I rather enjoy the process. The artists are not only communicating in the exhibition space, we can share the experiences through on the internet and their reach will be higher. I am not into the money, just the need to communicate, to share how I see the life, to contribute something to this experience which is the art.
Describe yourself in three words.
Curious, persistent and critical.