Interview With Liliana DeIrisarri
Emma: How did you get into the world of creating and making?
Liliana: I am a Toronto based artist and former flamenco dancer. I employ a variety of techniques in my work, including traditional oil painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpting paper mache masks. I was born in Columbia and when I was in my early twenties I moved to France, where I studied French literature and art history. This allowed me to discover my artistic dreams. Later I moved to Toronto, where I studied fine art at Toronto School of Art and Central Technical School. I later became a Visual Art teacher and Dance Instructor, working for 14 years at Harbourfront Center and for 6 years at Central Montessori Schools.
Emma: Who or what are your biggest influences and inspirations?
Liliana: My Dad was a great inspiration for me, and he gave me the opportunities to love music, art and dance. We did not have a TV at home, and that allowed my family to be creative.
Emma: Describe your creative process. What gets you motivated to create?
Liliana: I meditate and dream a lot. My mind wanders a bit, so I focus by reading. The Bible is the book that organizes my day. Walking and observing is my favourite pastime.
Emma: What are your goals and aspirations with your work?
Liliana: I have a few goals.
1. Share my work with the community.
2. Create interest in my work.
3. Demonstrate different techniques.
Emma :What makes you feel supported as a maker?
Liliana: I am very happy to have my work at Maker’s Market. I like that the Junction is the most artistic place in Toronto. I appreciate the devotion of Kendra and the staff to help the world know about us and our work.