Domingo Pino – AiR & Workaway at the Art center

 Here’s a little post-interview we did with our guest artist and volunteer Domingo Pino.

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1. Tell us something about yourself (where you come from, what you do, what you study, …).

I come from Spain, I recently finished my studies of the degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design mode, having also acomplished subjects in the specialties of Audiovisual and Painting.

 2. Why did you decide to do Workaway (volunteering)? Why did you choose Art center?

 In the last years I have volunteered in my country in different social activities. For this time I wanted to try in the field of art, know what it is and how it works an art center, and be envolved in their activities in a creative environment. 

3. What were your experiences in living and working at the Art center in Slovenia?

 I value positively the Art Center, has appropriate spaces for work and good equipment in materials and tools, but without doubt the most significant of my stay was the opportunity to learn a different way of life and be in contact with a natural environment that I’m not used.

4. What is the focus of your work as an artist?

 To make visible my understanding of the environment from an anthropological point of view. Usually my works treat concepts like Time, Transcendence, Memory or Reality.

5. Tell us more about your work process, the works you were developing at the Art center and the final outcome.

 I have spent most of the time in the contemplation and study of the environment, doing sketches and tests  with different techniques and materials and finally I started on the last weeks of my stay with these 4 works in small format.

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From childhood I liked to touch as many things as I could and to think that someday everything would disappear except what had been “registered” by my touch. Although I kept this practice during my growth, over time I relativize this solipsistic view when I understood that reality, whether or not external to us, is valid only when we apprehend it. In other words, our perception of the things let us to “exist” them (to ourselves). These works are an attempt to visualize this idea and have a new understanding of the elements that constitute our environment.

About the outcome, I am satisfied with the works but I think that would have substantially improved if I would have more time to experiment and to develope them.

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6. What are your plans in the future (studies, AiR program, EVS,…)?

 In the next months I will be working in MIDE (International Museum of Electrography)  and from October will begin a Master degree of Secondary Education Teacher. In the longer term I do not rule out the possibility of apply for a European Voluntary.