Santiago Morilla put his hectic agenda on hold to welcome Formidable Magazine into his own private universe.
Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.
Formidable. What was your first creative drive?
Santiago Morilla. It was ruining my parents walls, it was something unconscious, something beyond control.
F. What gets you to do art these days?
SM. The urge to see the world through my art. It’s like therapy for me, it’s how I relate to the world.
F. Inspirational artists?
SM. Matt Mullican, Gordon Clark and the musician Burt Friedman.
F. How would you define your work?
SM. I like to think of my work as self explanatory. I’d said it’s honest, true to itself, obscure and sadist, but naif and cartoonish in its form.
F. What’s in your playlist?
SM. I’m really into Drive’s original motion picture soundtrack right now. I’ m also in the middle of a personal Reagee and Dub revival.
F. What film is your your life like?
SM. It could be a collage of Le Grand Bleu by Luc Besson, Flesh and Blood by Paul Verhoeven and Blade Runner by Ridley Scott.
F. How is a day in the life of Santiago Morilla?
SM. I travel a lot lately, so it depends where I’m working. I’m more of a night person, so I run errands during the day and I work in the afternoon and the evenings.
F. Best and worst night out?
SM. Best night is a night of laughs and dancing… when the day comes in the blink of an eye.
Worse… When I have to do something I don’t really want to do… when I’m loosing my time.
F. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
The best part is my people; my girl, family, friends… and it’s art scene despite limited resources.
And worse; Madrid’s government.
F. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
SM. Love. Love understood as generosity, generosity of feelings, time, money, energy…