Tell me a little bit about you!
I'm Italian, studied in London, going back and forth, trying to establish an artist's residency in a medieval town in Sicily, jumping between painting, film, and music, but at the moment daunted by painting (so much to learn!) for a too clean-spent childhood. I was a good child, studying piano, reading, loving science and all that. I still am but weaker. Win some, lose some.
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
Art foundation! Essential it was. I was like 'You can do this?' all day long, really crazy stuff. I remember being very happy. That's also when I started writing and introverting.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
What I'm doing is disassembling words, phrases, drawings, elucidations, aphorisms and enjoying seeing dreams come afloat in new dimensions. In the last times I've just been learning more how to make things look real in a painting.
What is your process like?
I have been obstinate in building my canvases from recovered materials. In my BA I used to find boards/skipped wood and get ti chopped to measure and stretch canvas on it (I still do but it's harder without power tools). Each surface then is slightly different and I like that, it gives a very subtle hint to start. Then is either an improvisation, usually starting from words, which tends to abstraction or it follows from drawings done in various circumstances on my sketchbook, in something that feels like colouring in. When I have no reasons to make work I make birthday presents, which gives me a solid deadline, in those cases I'm very fast. Otherwise, I like to continue a painting, leave it for months, then maybe something happens. But the more white is covered, the more the possibilities diminish.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
Recycled advice: One must invest in loss (Tal R).
Describe your studio.
My studio is lacking in comfort for I have a tendency to be miserable and uncomfortable. Music accompanies and it's the right place to listen to it without feelings of rush or slowness, it feels just right. There are random objects and materials collected in the street which may inform something into the painting.
What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
Finding a space to exhibit work and being happy with myself and being nice to everyone that wants to see you whilst regressing more and more into a hermit lifestyle which just seems to be necessary for the practice to develop.
If you could sit down for dinner or a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you chat about?
My friends. I don't spend enough time with them. We would talk about making a film or organising a jam and my project in Sicily. Too painful to choose someone you only know the work of and not the persona.
What are three words you would use to describe your work?
Childscape, gesture, natural.
What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?
I stick to it intensely until I'm starving and then it's gone.
What do you love most about your medium? What challenges or surprises you most about it?
The illusion and the disappearance of materiality are what i love about painting or film or photography. Specifically of painting though is the acceptance and valorisation of errors as material. It's the medium where I can see that most clearly.
What do you need or value most as an artist?
Coherence, perseverance, starting from zero every time. Maybe from 3. And fun! I don't have enough fun.
What keeps you creating?
Remembering the unique deep joy like a incandescent cut though the bowels.
What are you working on right now?
A group exhibition part of art licks weekend in London, 2 pieces I brought on the plane with me (tiny but just to fit!): 2 oil 'colourings', one of a man with a long neck and a little skirt dancing in a circus and one of a lady adventure surrounded by a flag, overlooking a landscape.
Anything else you would like to add?
Olive oil please.
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