Brief en­counter

Enrique Tabone talks to Marie Benoit about her art and her de­sign stu­dio

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Com­piled by Marie Benoit

En­riqué Tabone stud­ied art and de­sign at MCAST. She is an artist as well as a designer at QUE, her own com­pany. Last year she opened her of­fi­cial de­sign stu­dio and she will soon be launch­ing her busi­ness on­line with new de­signs. She ad­mit­ted that she is find­ing it all very ex­cit­ing.

Un­til re­cently she used to man­age Malta’s sales for an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned brand. She also worked in a book­shop and con­sid­ers this to have been one of the most sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, since she is a book lover.

An­other ex­pe­ri­ence which taught her how to live a joy­ful life is when she un­der­took a road trip with her life friend Ber­nice. This taught them how to live with al­most noth­ing, “where your back­pack is your home.” Hap­pi­ness, she com­ments, is what you carry in you and not with you. This trip in­flu­enced and in­deed, brought a big change to her life­style and she finds that it also ef­fects her art.

She be­lieves in help­ing oth­ers and is a mem­ber of the Grace Foun­da­tion which helps the mis­sions in In­dia and Africa and spon­sors the ed­u­ca­tion of needy chil­dren.

Her art is driven by ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with a wide range of ma­te­ri­als and me­dia. The artist sees her­self in con­stant dia­logue with her work. She in­ter­venes in the ma­te­rial, de­vel­op­ing an un­der­stand­ing of what it can do and the forms to which it may be ap­plied. Her work seeks to cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence, invit­ing peo­ple to in­ter­act with art and in­vites them to en­gage with the nar­ra­tive el­e­ments of her work by bring­ing in their own sto­ries.

En­riqué Tabone’s art works have ap­peared at sev­eral events and venues, in­clud­ing Bir­guFest 2014 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion, Notte Bianca (2008), the Earth Gar­den Fes­ti­val (2008, 2009, 2011), the launch of Splen­did Lounge (2011) and De­cep­tion, a col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary women artists at Las­caris Wharf (2010). Her work, Red Leaf, is a per­ma­nent seat­ing sculp­ture at the Verdala Sculp­ture Gar­den in Bus­kett.

Tabone also pro­duces de­sign work, in­clud­ing wear­able art, cloth­ing and home prod­ucts, such as a Flut­ter Colan­der, un­der her brand name QUE.

Her most re­cent piece OM is fea­tured in Mara – Per­spet­tivi, a col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion and se­ries of events she cocu­rated which is tak­ing place at Palazzo Pereira, Repub­lic Street, Val­letta dur­ing the course of this month.

I have one brother, Ayr­ton. I love eat­ing peas. When I have some time to spare I en­joy driv­ing my small boat. It is a luxury one can ex­pe­ri­ence when living on an is­land.

My favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion is France.

One living per­son I ad­mire is my grand­mother. She taught me that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble, we can­not con­trol hap­pi­ness but we can al­ways be pos­i­tive in life. A char­ac­ter in fic­tion I like very much is Corto Mal­tese. If I could change one thing about my­self it would be... well, noth­ing re­ally, I am who I am.

The writ­ers I like best are Chuck Palah­niuk and Im­manuel Mif­sud. It is a dif­fi­cult ques­tion since there are oth­ers. But the list would be too long.

My dream job is the one I have: run­ning my busi­ness QUE.

My kind of mu­sic is the one I lis­ten to in good com­pany.

If I won the lot­tery I would check to see who ac­tu­ally bought the ticket. I do not play lot­ter­ies. I work.

My motto: email me at

En­riqué with one of her cre­ations

En­riqué with her mother

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