Cinta Vidal

In a world where we are supposed to work and play hard, oftentimes it is tough to take a step back and put things in perspective. But when you do, you’ll learn how to see things differently. With her gravity-defying paintings, Spanish illustrator Cinta Vidal does just that; she forces you to approach the everyday from a new angle. 

Next to your personal work, you work in scenography too — how, if so, has that influenced your personal work?

My work in the scenography workshop has influenced me a lot. Scenography is a job that focuses more on spaces than on people. It also plays with light and perspective in order to create inhabitable environments. I unconsciously inherited all these elements and I think that this can be seen in my paintings, where the leading role is played by spaces rather than by the people inhabiting them.

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 Why did you start to make these ‘un-gravity constructions’?

I always carry a notebook with me and I am constantly drawing. Some years ago I started playing with gravity in order to represent the different points of view we all have from the world. We often live close to each other but have a very different perception from our environment. This is what I try to represent when I play with gravity.

It seems you paint domestic scenes. What makes these scenes interesting to put in a different perspective?

I like giving value to everything that is related to everyday life. I think that we often don’t give it the value it really has. We all live our daily routine in a different way, and this is why I try to create different scenes from different perspectives. The idea of being physically close but mentally far has always interested me, and I don’t consider it an extraordinary situation, but rather something that is constantly happening in our everyday life.

 I haven’t found any other animal in your work than cats. What is the role of cats in your work?

My family has always had cats and now I have two living with me. I am fascinated by their elegance and their observant attitude. I like to make them appear in my paintings as some kind of privileged and mysterious observers.

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