EMIL ALZAMORA: FUTURE MAN
We were on Instagram one day a couple years ago searching for cool artist of all types to follow. We were being very selective seeing that we were starting a new clothing brand with a fresh idea. We stumbled across Emil Alzamora and we've never stopped following his journey ever since. We are honored to have met someone so talented and humble. We hope you enjoy his art as much as we do.
Where are you from? What was your life like growing up and what sparked your interest in art? Are you exclusively a sculptor?
I am an English citizen. My father is English, but I was born in Lima, Peru. My mother is half Peruvian and half from Michigan, USA. I grew up in Florida and Spain. I had a rather unusual life in that my mother valued travel more than material things. She is an artist, as is my aunt and my grandmother before she died many years ago. My brother and I both felt poor, even though we would spend half the year in Mallorca with my aunt. It was great to see the world but sometimes challenging to be considered weird by friends and classmates. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. It’s somewhat of a family business, so I feel I am continuing in that tradition. We also had a ceramic studio growing up so clay was my first real taste of sculpting. While in college at Florida State University, I took a bronze casting class my first year and was hooked. I think of myself more of an artist than a sculptor. I don’t like limitations, however the majority of my work would be considered sculpture, and it is what I find most satisfying.
We’ve been following your social media profile on Instagram for quite sometime now. It’s obvious you have a large memory bank of materials. Which material is your favorite? Why? Do you source your materials locally or does it matter? How do you structure different materials so that your sculptures don’t fall over?
Great questions. I love to experiment with different materials and to continue to learn new processes. Each material has its "dos" and "donts" and that can be a great guide or coach throughout the execution of a sculpture. I love plaster, ceramic, and bronze but all for different reasons and uses in the process. Bronze for example can be structured with plaster then covered in bronze or just solid bronze. Both versions of the sculpture are interesting to me as finished works of art. Our surroundings definitely shape what we do and have access too. So in that sense I have to work with what is available to me. Living in the Hudson Valley of New York is great though because there is so much at your fingertips. As for structural integrity, I mostly use my intuition to figure out if something will be stable or not. On rare occasions I have worked with engineers to make sure something will not collapse but for the most part, welding and epoxy really are miracles.
Architecture to me, to us, is sculpting on a larger scale. Does architecture interest you? What’s your favorite architectural style? Do you think your skill set can apply to large scales? Do you think you could design the interior of a building or the building itself?
I do love Architecture. I haven’t studied it formally but I’ve always been intrigued with both interior and exterior spaces. In recent years, especially with the introduction of complex computer programs, architecture has become almost organic or almost capable of mimicking nature at its finest. This to me is fascinating both in scale and in function. Scale is a great element to consider in sculpture. Much like architecture, our physical relationship to the work is fundamental and really informs our mental or spiritual relationship to it. I feel I could definitely design a building both inside and out. I would of course need an engineer to work out some of the nuances of load bearing issues etc.
Some of our favorite pieces crafted by you are the slim humanoid forms and the floating astronauts. If you had enough money to purchase your own planet and to move there, what would that planet be like? What would you name it?
I would hope that is looked a lot like earth, minus the Darwinian competition. Maybe it would be further along in the “securing and appropriation of energy process” and thus its inhabitants could focus more on creativity rather than competition. It would be called Earth, after Earth. I’m a huge fan of Earth and it’s many flawed and innovative inhabitants.