Skygolpe is an Italian artist living in Genova. During his street-art days, he learned the power of evocation. He tries to establish an intimate connection in his pieces without forcing the viewer into a defined narrative.
He started his first creative attempts with a sort of street poetry.
Currently, he is working a lot on installations to create a hybrid dimension where physical and digital could meet.
NFT Granny: „Dear Skygolpe – Thank you so much for taking your precious time. As the NFT Granny, everything is so new and exciting for me. Your beautiful artworks are similar but so different at the same time. When and how did you decide that silhouettes of faces are your style?“
Skygolpe: In my street-art days, I used to work a lot with shadows. This taught me the power of evocation. The silhouettes are the perfect element to establish an intimate connection with the viewer without forcing him/her into a defined narrative.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Skygolpe: I didn’t attend any art school. I have always been interested in philosophy. Moving to London at 18 played a major role in my development as an artist. My first creative attempts can be described as a sort of Street Poetry. I was lucky enough to be there during the Street Art golden age. I used to work and hang around with incredible individuals such as Stik, Nathan Bowen and many more.
After a few years spent on the streets, I realized the necessity to start to explore the Studio dimension. Since then, I have been working on several media, including photography, paintings, installations and digital art.
Could you tell us more about the story of your Project “Media”?
Skygolpe: This series aimed to find the perfect synthesis between my work and Lushsux’s work.
He generally has this super direct way to express his messages, whereas I generally prefer to create a more cryptic read to my piece.
I think the result is a perfect snapshot of a very specific time frame
filtered through sociological and political levels, leaving the right room for the spectator to create his own interpretation.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Skygolpe: Maybe my most personal piece is Genova. When I created this piece, I wanted to express the feelings deriving from a personal story that I had never shared with anyone. This piece was containing a performance too: I promised to myself to share this story with the collector that was going to buy the piece. The result was a very intense experience that also helped me to open up on something that was hard for me to face back then and also created a unique relationship with the collector 33nft who acquired the piece.
Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?
Skygolpe: I think I am one of the artists that made more collaborations in the space. I love this practice, and there is nothing more challenging than working with artists you respect and admire. Some artists that I would like to collaborate with in the future are: Etiene Crauss, Kevin Abosch and Die with the most likes.
We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?
Skygolpe: Recently I have been working a lot on installations. My aim has always been the creation of a hybrid dimension where physical and digital could meet. The endpoint was generally solved in the digital realm in these past two years. Recently I have been trying the inverse process, using digital processes to contaminate reality. It’s a long process, but I feel on the right track.
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Skygolpe: My inspiration comes mainly from philosophy. The way that we process our thoughts leads to different inputs and outputs. You need to understand something in order to use it. Inspiration is a natural reflection of our decisions.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Skygolpe: All my work revolves around the idea that man’s existence is expressed through contradiction.
I am obsessed with the relationship between meaning and context. I think that we are aware only through subjectiveness. My work is an attempt to challenge my cognition.
In my works, I try to achieve a state of balance between subject and perception, evidence and abstraction. I try to act on each element by carrying out a sort of transition.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Skygolpe: I try to experience my workflow almost as a ritual. The creative process is the most fulfilling part for me. That’s when I feel free somehow. I don’t think about the outcome. I simply try to create the best conditions for me to be in an ideal state of mind. The final product is just a snapshot of that experience.
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it for example at home?
Skygolpe: I love my collection. I recently moved into a new house; I plan to install at least a couple of dedicated screens. Furthermore, I also love to collect physical pieces.
What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach full potential out of it?
Skygolpe: I think we should treat NFTs as a starting point, not a destination. I believe that celebrating the fact that we are part of something new and different should be considered old-fashioned. I think we should start to focus on what we can build with it.
What is the most disturbing thing when it comes to NFTs and cryptoart in your opinion?
Skygolpe: NFT is a new technology. It can be used for many things. I wouldn’t say I like the fact that anything that comes out from it often seems to be immediately included in the spectrum of art-related projects. I think this happens because we are still extremely early.
My hope for the future is that there will be a clearer distinction between art and commerce.
What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you are not busy with NFT Art?
Skygolpe: Trying to relax.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Skygolpe: Understanding the difference between mistakes and failure.
- Full Name: Skygolpe
- Date of Birth: 7th June 1986
- Current hometown: Genova, Italy
- Languages she speaks: Italian, English
- What did you want to be when you were a child: I never asked myself that question.