Free Talk – “The empty space, womb of shape” with Marina Soria (in English)


31th August 2020 – starting 9:00 pm (Rome Time, GMT+2+)
in Direct Via ZOOM

The Zoom session will be recorded. 


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“The Lecture is aimed at everyone: designers, professionals, students, graphic designers, tattoo artists, letter lovers, just curious people or anyone interested in calligraphy, both as an artistic medium and as a graphic element to complete or enrich an editorial or advertising work.


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– The days before the Workshop, you will receive the PDF handout and your personal address to access the Zoom Direct with the rest of the Class by mail.

• TOPIC: “The empty space, womb of shape”

Most of the time in Western art the empty space is considered as background or blank space. Something that is spared and must be filled in. Whole libraries have been written about the fear towards the empty space, the white canvas, so how do we start when we have a blank page before us? how do we intervene the white space? For Eastern art the empty space is the fourth of the principles of the Taoist Rules for Beauty.

“Being and not being engender each other. We mold clay to make pottery, but it is in the empty space where the utility of the jug resides, therefore, we should take equally advantage to what it is, just as we recognize the usefulness of what it is not”.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, XI.

The Taoist painters treat the empty space as a positive matter, not as something to be filled in or to spare, but as the origin of form. Considering these rules we will find new ways to work with space, to see the empty space! The balance between the use of positive and negative spaces is key to aesthetic compositions.
Claude Mediavilla says in his book Calligraphy: “In Eastern compositions space is used in particularly surprising and stimulating ways. The surface is seldom fully occupied and seems to be waiting for our gaze to penetrate it and discover its myriad of possibilities. When we look more closely at the way in which surfaces are apparently left blank”

Venture into the world of space and prepare to open your mind to a new way of perception!


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961. Degrees in Fine Arts (5 years studies) and Graphic Design (3 years studies). She began lecturing on Graphic Design and Editorial Design in the University of Buenos Aires, and latter on as an Associate Professor in Typography, 1998. After giving birth to her third daughter she resigned from university and started her education on calligraphy.
She has attended five International Calligraphy Conferences in the USA and three in Europe, taking courses with well known calligraphers such as Thomas Ingmire, Brody Neuenschwander, Ewan Clayton and Monica Dengo, amongst others. In 2003 she was awarded with the ACA‘s scholarship. In 1997 she founded “Calígrafos de la Cruz del Sur” (Southern Cross Calligraphers), the first Calligraphic Guild in South America.
This group had a notorious performance between 1997 and 2006, year in which it was dissolved.
In 2007 / 2008 she returned to the University of Buenos Aires to teach the first seminars in experimental calligraphy for post-graduate students. She has received national & international awards and exhibited her pictorial and calligraphic works in Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Spain, Japan, Germany, Russia and Norway.
Her works are part of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, the Hans-Joachim Burgert´s Collection in Berlin, the Klingspor Museum & the Hoefer Archive in Offenbach, the Arezzo Public Library, the Latin American Collection for the Yale University, the Savannah College of Arts, the Baylor University and the Otis Colleges of Arts, as well as the Harrison Collection at the San Francisco Public Library in amogst other private collections around the world.
She has published articles in specialized magazines and her works may be seen in Letter Arts Review´s Annuals, Bound & Lettered and the ACA’s Newsletters amongst other calligraphic guilds from the USA. Novum (Germany) & Letter Palet (Holland) have devoted articles to her work as well as Typo (Mexico), Pulso Diseño (Uruguay) & several Argentine magazines, blogs and webpages. In 2012, her work was extensively featured in Letter Arts Review: 26:3.
At present she works as an experimental calligrapher, book artist and artist, and continues to teach in her own studio and abroad; Italy, Germany, USA, Australia, México, Puerto Rico, Norway, Finland and Belgium. Her main interest is the experimental aspect of calligraphy. Her goal is to mingle and blend diverse disciplines: art, textile art, graphic design, sumi-e and calligraphy to challenge the limits of conceptual art and technique.
Her streangh lies on her creativity.



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