What does your work aim to say?
Audiences who see my works define them to be poetic. I aim to integrate poetry and images into one language.
I try to create a dialogue between the Past and the Present as everything is a flow of emotions through time, which is an invention of humans and so does not exist.
What is your background?
I have an indelible and magical memory of the period in which I trained. This spanned from when I was four to twenty-seven years old and took place in the oldest Scenographic Laboratory in Milan. My mother worked here and as such introduced me to this environment. Being a child influenced by the theater world has forged me. Even now I feel this magic in my studio, an old 13th-century house with stone walls and located in the middle of the woods. My partner and I created a small publishing house, “GaEle Edizioni” which creates art books entirely handmade one by one with predominantly obsolete materials and printed in few copies, becoming, as it was written, “a collector’s item”. We have published artists – poets, photographers, painters, etc. Myself, I paint, write poetry and create art installations.
In February this year my first book of poetry “La Corte dei Miracoli – twenty-two flames of which two transits” was published, edited by RP Libri di San Giorgio sul Sannio – Benevento.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
I feel like I am completely living in this time. However, I do not recognize myself in some of the values that have developed exponentially in this historical period. These are the arrogance, the violence and the demolition of all that make human beings capable of living in harmony and peace with all that surrounds us. Around us is so much beauty that unfortunately is taken for granted. Instead, I think that Beauty can help the world to find peace and harmony, and it's all available to us, just take a careful look. Poetry helps a lot in all this, and that is why in my works - in which there are no shouting or violent voices - I mix image and word because I think the smallest drop of water, with perseverance, digs into the stone. With my art, I want to bring a resistance, a resilience for a possible world.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by women?
Ours should be a very advanced civilization, we have many examples of good will and magnificent things scholars, scientists and mathematicians have discovered and will continue to discover with their studies. Unfortunately, instead, there is still a tendency rooted in some preconceptions that lead to discrimination because it starts from a masculine concept (that is, assumes that "man" should be understood from the sexual point of view, even if it is of a certain type of color of skin rather than another) and all that differs from this, is considered inferior because it is different. Unfortunately, the woman still belongs to a large part of the collective thought in this way of thinking and must make more effort to make her voice heard. Instead, I think that as far as human expression is concerned, there must not be any barriers or preconceptions. After all, we are all born of a series of unknown circumstances in a given form and with characteristic dates, and we are all part of a very great mysterious system that we call "Life". It would be nice to look at each other more in the eye, to discover that we are all important, without differences, recognizing the values of each individual.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Personally, I do not know favoritism in the art world. What I am and do, often I had to earn it with perseverance and believing in what I do, more like a mission. I had to earn it even through difficult situations where some tried to denigrate me because I am a woman. I have however often had the good fortune to meet men - few - who have believed in what I do, without thinking first of all that I'm a woman.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
I'm happy. Happy with what I do and how I do it, how I feel about things and about the recognition I get on my way. I managed through my own strength to be what I am, trusting and believing in what I do. I'm very curios and I want to learn. I also found some People in my path who, with their work and life, gave me enlightening ideas. If I can say something to the women who read this, it would be the following:
Believe in what you do, be honest and respect yourself, do not sell yourself or devalue yourself. If your art is worth it, it will speak for you, without compromising, which you might then repent in the future. Be independent. This is your strength.
Work in progress
yawn protruding covers
a voice a saxophone
The radio scans delays.
The engine exhales
the jacket flaps its wings like a babble,
like an ancient call without whitheness.
shatters its light in corners
where no vacuum cleaner arrives
shadows of desks with gadget on walls.
You can't answer, you don't hear
with lost eyes
behind windows with curtains.
Cuvio - Italy