So tell us a bit about yourself?
My Name is Luna, I come from Madrid, but I’m currently living and studying in Amsterdam. I define myself as trans femme open gender. The term open gender is my personal way of describing my non-binarism, by saying non-binary I am describing what my gender is not, but for me it’s more important to say what my gender is, so open gender is an accurate description.
How would you describe your work?
My work has two very separate focus’, either political, social, critical, or connected to materials and nature and feelings in a pure sense. I realised I cannot myself fight a whole system of oppression and I’m (collectively) working to change the heteropatriarchy, but sometimes you need to back up and work on other things, otherwise you will drain your brain I think. Thats why I like to work with my own feelings and motivations, changing the perspective to a personal level. I don’t have a defined material, neither defined disciplines, I work with threads weaving or embroidering, I work with ceramics, stones, paper, plants… whatever inspires me in that moment, and I also create installations, happenings, decorations, sculptures, texts… I think I’m in a very early stage to define a very determined material or discipline I work with.
Where do your influences come from?
The first influence is the self. I consider myself a very sensitive and delicate person, but at the same time political, strong and an activist. Everything I work on is because it touches me in a way, I need to feel the connection. Internet, nature, lovers, heartbreaks, sex, gender, politics, social issues… I think almost everything is an influence for me.
What is your personal philosophy in regards to art?
Art is a volunteer sacrifice. It has to be important for you, vague art or “art for the sake of art” doesn’t tell me anything. That makes the artist part of a mass production chain, a reflection of capitalism. My art inspires me. My goal is to have people who get my ideas, look at my work, and it makes them want to create. For that, the concept is very important, and the critique. I learnt to hate art which involves post colonialism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia etc. Not everything is allowed in art, we can’t keep glorifying those who abuse.
How do you integrate this in regards to your work?
I work with a concept and I develop a visual representation of what I want to tell. My work is not purely aesthetics, sometimes the aesthetic is nothing else than a physical idea. Something you can see the work, read it, touch it, hear it, which brings to the concepts I work on into a decipherable space.
Can you tell us a bit about this piece?
I decided to work on my experience as a sex worker, here I present words or sentences which got stuck in my head from my dates. It reminds me of people and places I lived and had enjoyable situations. The basic aim of this work is to give a positive vision on sex work, making it public, making it real, and breaking the silence.
What projects are you working on/looking forward to doing in the future?
I have many projects I’m working on at the moment and there are two long term project I’m eager to develop which I’m excited to show when I finally can make some progress on them. But yet I would like not to talk about them.