Booooooom: How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
Pablo Zamudio: My work is a mix of Geometric abstraction, Op Art illusions, clean-edged monochromatic fields, vibrant colours, deceiving light/shadow and transparency effects.
What is your motivation for making things? Why do you create?
There are a few reasons why I like to create, in my case I believe while creating I connect with the higher self (universe) and put my ego aside, it’s a form of meditation and form of divination. The process is as important as the finish result and when other people discover something special in the works and give meaning to it, it’s the biggest reward.
Can you share a little context or a story about this specific artwork?
As a geometric abstract painter I like to have no references or solid ideas of what I’m about to create, rather surprise myself and, once the work is done, I can relate what I see to a past experience, a place, feeling or situation. In the case of “Kitsilano Sessions Vol.1,” when I looked at the finished work I imagined a hardcover book sleeve that could be about Kitsilano in the late 80’s, the shapes made me think of windsurfs, sailing and the bright colours I love from that era.
How has living here in BC inspired you?
Living in B.C has inspired me so much, being surrounded by beautiful mountains, trees, and the water is a blessing. I have the fortune to live steps away from the ocean and everyday spend time admiring the ripples of the water and its patterns, the shapes of rocks, colours of the sunsets, trees, leaves, moss and the wildlife.
"As a group and community we can learn so much from each other and have a bigger impact with the things we do."
With everything that is happening virtually these days, how important is it for you to still be part of a local arts community?
It is very important, especially now that people are getting used to doing everything from home and barely interact with others. Unfortunately the pandemic didn’t help much with this situation. There’s nothing like sharing ideas, emotions and celebrating life with those around you. As a group and community we can learn so much from each other and have a bigger impact with the things we do.
What’s one goal you have for this next year?
I would love to start experimenting with my artwork in the 3D world.
What about one thing you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?
Live in the South of France for a couple years, have a studio there and be able to travel all over Europe in that time frame.