Every two months, BASE welcomes an artist selected alongside Illustri, an association that brings together established and up-and-coming illustrators. The artists spend a week with us, staying at casaBASE, working in the burò, BASE’s project house, and getting involved in life at BASE and the initiatives underway. The creative output of the residency then becomes the poster for the BASE magazine.
Through his illustrations, Emiliano Ponzi conjures up the visual landscape of magazines, publishers, fashion brands and cultural organizations from Italy and abroad. He dropped into BASE’s vintage lounge to give us a glimpse of the contents of his toolbox, stuffed full of shapes, colour palettes, curiosities and inspirations.
EMILIANO PONZI’s WUNDER KIT
We asked Emiliano to introduce himself and let us in on what inspires his creativity with the help of a few prized possessions.
I was struck by the idea of learning as a dynamic game that plays with the habits and knowledge of the past as opposed to everything we can learn, a kind of tailor-made knowledge that adapts along with the ever-evolving present.
How can we broaden our perception and consciousness? How do we avoid turning into obsolete beings who just repeat the same old thoughts and actions? By pushing against the limits of our understanding and everything we have been until now. Initially this freedom will probably make us feel naked, cold, stripped of the old habits that clung to us, and we’ll seek out new structures capable of interpreting the outside and the inside.