Romantic and delicate, Beatrice Gasca Queirazza‘s illustrations are the perfect blend of storytelling and aesthetics. The freelance illustrator, Neapolitan by birth and based in Turin, is present these days (March 23-25, 2023) at the Soluzioni Festival in Turin, dedicated to visual arts that this year celebrates error.
Beatrice’s favorite techniques are ink, etching and pastels, as well as often using collage and digital coloring. She is very attached to the mark and the instinctiveness of the stroke, so the mix of techniques allows her to express herself at her best. Passionate about textiles, Beatrice founded Minio, a small brand with which she produces illustrated and multipurpose textile products. Because of this, her illustrations are perfect aesthetic and versatile patterns that can also be used as romantic and colorful backgrounds for one’s smartphone. Beatrice’s works have pastel, soft and delicate colors; the white background communicates lightness. An example is the kiss between a girl and a statue or the multitude of dinosaurs she combines in one representation, or even more a series of pigeons combined with hairpins.
The work that Beatrice is presenting at the Soluzioni Festival is titled Occhi a puntino and depicts a barren soil, cracked by the lack of water. A yellow flower sprouts from the soil, the only element of color in the composition. Beatrice Gasca Queirazza says she was inspired by a moment of Ulysses’ mistake: “Ulysses fell by mistake into the channel, he could not be bound with his companions, and in the depths of the sea he was attracted by a very sad face. In the bluest beyond sea tears cannot exist, but depth can. This woman with a scaly tail led him to a silvery rock and harsh yellow. Ulysses was confused that he no longer found himself, but only a bright guide guided by a very high song. There are sirens who have a secret, hidden city in the back of their eyes, and maybe if you’re lucky you can go there forever.”
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