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The best things in life are free

by Jose Joaquin Dominguez
Getafe Madrid ES

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The Artwork

The energy, character and emotion of manual writing, to remind us of a very simple fact: the best of life is free.

The Artist

Why do you create? I need to write. I need to use my hands to build strokes first, then letters, words, sentences. It's a matter of mental health.

How do you work? Everything begins with a pen, a pencil, a paper, a bit of ink... looking for a rhythm, a cadence, warming up... An hour later I'm already inside. My arm is released, my mind is concentrated and I can be hours filling up sheets of paper with obsessive, repetitive strokes, without thinking of anything else. Then I am happy. And I'm exhausted.
My work is fundamentally temperamental. I try to be consistent, work every day - "Nulla dies sine linea" - because it is important to maintain confidence and improve technique (bla, bla..). But the truth is that I throw myself at the desk, especially when I'm motivated. I do not consider myself a formal calligrapher; I appreciate and take advantage of the expressive power of the stroke, above styles and rules. I write as I am. I am vehement and energetic, and that translates to my strokes. My favorite tool is the pointed brush, because it picks up each and every nuance of the movement, of the moment, of my mood, and leaves them on paper. The brush is sensitive, perceives everything and reveals everything.
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how?manual writing matures with the person. Our character and way of thinking express ourselves, too. To mature, to be able to express myself as a child. That is my fight and my conflict. The more conscious the more free. The more free, more spontaneous. The more spontaneous, the more sincere.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist?Full time. I have no on/off button. But I do have an "equalizer".
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time?Art Direction
What inspires you?Everything. Little things in silence.
What is the first piece of art you remember creating?Conscious creation? When did I understand what was art? When I proposed that maybe I should consider "part of my work" as "art"? Dude, I do not know. Maybe never.
What does the term art mean to you? Freedom. Expression. Need. Beauty. Reflection. Growth.
Name three artist that you respect? Bach, Ansel Adams, Velázquez.
What is your favourite piece of artwork?Dozens. Millions, if we include the work of nature, or anything that does not pretend to be art, but that we become art when we pay attention. A smile. A timely silence.
What is your dream project?Any gesture, word or idea capable of inspiring another person.