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February 2, 2016
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Irene Clementina de la Selva

Current location and where you come from.

I’m Spanish. I just moved back to Madrid a couple of months ago after living in Berlin for the last four years. I like to be on the road more than safe and sound at home.

What do you do?

I fight against submission. I’m a creator of image.

How long have you been doing what you do? Why did you start?

I’ve been always doing this, but I haven’t been always so sure about it. Depending on the period of my life, I’ve been very dishonest with my real desires and purposes.

Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

Nature. Wild nature, mostly. Tropical landscapes. The desert. No man’s land.

What ideas, books, people, films, artists, etc are inspiring you personally or informing your work right now?

Flemish still-life paintings, Native American patterns. Shells and cactuses. Hal Hartley’s movies. African beats. Michel Tournier’s books (all of them). The disconformity of Jorge Oteiza. Optical art. Betty Davis. Southern countries. Steve Mcqueen’s style. Hip hop music videos.

Who are your favorite people to collaborate with and what does collaboration bring to your work?

I like curious people. I admire people that have an opinion about things. I like the magic in some people — that capacity to get through without being seen. Collaboration between artists isn’t easy, though. I like to share, to talk, to get inspired…but then the creative process must be a lonely process.

Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone?

I need space — mental and physical space. I need to get involved in some kind of story I’ve seen in my head, and normally that implies a certain urge to find the elements that will recreate my vision. As a ritual, I walk, I look for colors in the street, I play this game of seeing things where no one apparently does.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you do together.

I would have loved to have belonged to the Bloomsbury circle.

What’s been your career highlight?

I’m still too young for that.

What do you think our generation’s creative legacy will be?

Boredom and millions of selfies.

Where are your favourite places to eat, drink, visit, or hang out in your city?

I like to go to museums — there are a lot in this city. Beer and wine is good too. There are many places I like. Nice weather and sunny terraces. Old squares, the historical center, Sabatini’s gardens.

What’s something that you haven’t experienced yet that you want to?

The American desert in its raw and wide and wild and real appearance.

Tell us a secret.

I always have an escape plan.

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