Silvina Soria is a sculptor who graduated in 2002 from School of Visual Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has work shown in Buenos Aires, New York, Chile and Italy. In 2009 she was invited to participate in an Artists Residence in Paris where she worked for three months on a wire drawings series in between the two and three dimensions. The theme of movement, flowing, the transformation inherent in the passage of time is always in her thoughts enriched by the experience of travelling.
Silvina now lives and works in London, where she is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She also creates jewellery which is a reworking of sculptural concepts (designed as accessories). Alongside her own practice, she is also Project Coordinator at FORUM, The Network for Artists (formerly FACK!), which provides a great support network for artists.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The single best thing about what I do is that I love and enjoy it. I also enjoy the fact of not having a fixed-routine, one day at my workshop, another day teaching or organising arts events... There is a lot of flexibility and a bit of surprise that makes life very exciting.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I'm not so sure of using the word hero but I could name some people whose work I really appreciate and that help me to believe that art is still a serious thing.....
Marina Abramovic for compromising her own life towards making us think over universal subjects, Tomas Saraceno because his work is very powerful and at the same time fragile showing us a different way of perceiving the space, The Guerrilla Girls because of saying what many of us want to hear and because of their humour as well, Gego for her simplicity that really moves me. Liliana Porter, for getting me a smile every time that I cross over one of her works. Richard Deacon for his excellence rescuing materials, construction and traditional techniques. And many other artists that just by seeing them working and moving in life are inspiring.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
I would have needed to have been advised on how to move in the art world besides my creative practice. How to approach galleries, how to promote the work, etc. To have a more worldwide-orientated education.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I had a big creative block a couple of years ago and in that moment I was recommended to read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. She proposes some kind of writing exercises to start working again and they really helped me. I soon felt I was already back on my way and was very anxious on working on my sculpture.
In more daily situations, I would try to meditate for a bit, or read something. And I have to say, as a proper argentinian I have long conversations with my 'mate' (argentinian herbal hot beverage that we drink in a cup with a straw- we can spend hours emptying flasks!)
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I would be a wedge platform elegant but casual, with a youthful touch, comfortable, all-terrain and delicate at once but I rather prefer a boot with short heels that stomp allowing me to walk across London without pain if I wanted.