Laía Argüelles, a Spanish printmaker and book artist, talks about intimacy and being a little more brave than you think you are.



Part 01.




Interval, Laía Argüelles


Morning ...
Toast


Noon ...  
Plans


Night ...
Bedside lamp, book, hot cocoa



Tornos (Teruel), Laía Argüelles  — 2013


Perfect happiness ...
Floating on water under sunlight


Preposterous ...
Boredom; unequal rights, to start with


Fear ...
Illness; anxiety; rejection


Love ...
Kept under


Extravagance ...
Not having a driver’s license; good weather

Comedy ...
Plays on words


Work ...
Concentration and joy


Our time ...
Almost


The future ...
Uncertainty mixed with a sense of ease


The past ...
Farewells and renewal


Part 02.



Interval, Laía Argüelles


Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
Nothing really, some coins and a hair pin…


In another life, you’d be …
A forest ranger


Your lucky charm ...
None, but I always carry a pencil


Words to live by ...
Be a little more brave than you think you are



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Prized possession ...
A place to go back to


One wish ...
Intimacy


Your most marked characteristic ...
Determination


A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
All good and faraway friends


Favorite shoes ...
Sandals


Favorite store ...
Second hand bookshops


Favorite friend ...
A few brave ladies





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Favorite place ...
In water, in bed


Favorite color ...
Navy and black


  
Zygmunt Bauman, 2010; Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1914; Juan Carlos Onetti, unknown


Favorite book ...
Could never choose. Essays, journals, poetry, short stories: Zygmunt Bauman, Susan Sontag, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Juan Carlos Onetti


Favorite website ...

Printmaking blogs, in general



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A favorite photo that you've taken ...
It definitely has to do with issues I am most interested in: the vulnerability of private space and migration.



Untitled — Maria Tinaut


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
This one by María Tinaut, a painter at heart, but with a special eye for photography.


Part 03.



Interval, Laía Argüelles


Where did you grow up ? How has that informed your work ...

I grew up in Zaragoza, Spain, a somewhat big city with a village-y feeling, and the most windy place I have been to this day. It has influenced my work in the sense that it still means home to me and is my main reference point despite my being away for many years now. I am always trying to establish connections between what I see and my sense of place.



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You work in a variety of mediums. Do you have a favorite ...

I am majoring in printmaking, and I love the process work all the techniques involve, which allows me to be very focused and have a plan. I really enjoy everything from tools and materials to final prints, and I would like to be in a printmaking environment forever. Still right now I would say that photography is a better medium for me to address the issues I am interested in and also I feel a great deal of curiosity and freedom. I need both. Good that they are not mutually exclusive!




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Light and shadow play an important role in your pictures. Tell me about this ...

Light changes the space without physically modifying it, and it does so in a temporary manner that always makes me think of how fleeting everything can be.


What camera do you use ...

Lately I have been using a Kodak Retinette IA that I got from my childhood nanny and her husband right before I moved to Germany.





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Describe a day in the life of Laía. How would it begin? What would you do? Where would you go? What time would you be in bed ...

I can be quite unorganized, which leads me to plan my days, or weeks, as they come. But generally I wake up around 7.30 and have some time for me before I go to the studio (print, draw on stone…) or work from home (write, take pictures, draw). I try to go out everyday and walk or ride my bike and run errands, because otherwise it is very easy to just get stuck on whichever project I might be working on, and I also meet with friends everyday. I love going to the library, cinema, and I just recently started taking piano lessons. Usually I am already asleep a little bit after midnight. What I enjoy the most is summertime: I swim everyday and spend my days reading.



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Talk about future projects ...

Most of all now, getting my final project finished! After that, I am planning to be an intern at some printing studio in Germany (or elsewhere, actually!). On the side, I would like to focus a bit more on other projects like my collection of leather necklaces Kardamom. Also because I have a BA in Literary Translation, I want to start working on translation projects about some German poets, and find some little place within the publishing world.

In the long run, though, I would like to settle down in a couple of years or at least get the feeling that I will stay somewhere for more than a few months. If that moment comes, I’d love to have a dog.


Talk about a dream project ...

A life project: I have this dreamy idea of a studio space where I can work on prints, pictures and object pieces, while at the same time doing translation work, preferably in a quiet town and having my loved ones near.