1. Adulthood often is associated with the end of amusement and the beginning of a social life that limits people’s genuine childish and carefree side.
Can escapism be considered a way to nurture that side of life? A door to the real person, freed from any social norm?
I was born in a small town in the northwest of Italy where I spent my childhood reading books which could show me the exciting cities and lives happening on the other side of the mountains which were always framing my view. Once I moved to a larger city and started to travel, I began to find a special peace and calm through the act of drawing, as if – by drawing – I found a way to get in touch again with simpler days, the naivety, the boring and long sunny afternoons that I had left behind the mountains. Escaping social norms is not easy, and I have always felt very aware of them, from the moment in which as a kid I was dreaming about leaving my small town till the present time, in which I am in between cities, asked to give myself a name, introduce myself with a title every time I meet a person, send an email, or go back to the mountains.
2. Children can be evil. Entertainment can hide a dark side. How do you explore that part of humanity in your works?
I enjoy very much the ambiguity that my work allows and therefore the different levels of interpretation it gains according to who is looking at it.
Sometimes I am the first to be surprised: a line becomes an obscene curve if turned towards the opposite direction, a wrong inclination easily changes the mood on a face. I play with chance and the different possibilities hidden in a drawing and find out how happiness and sadness, good and evil are so close to one other.
3. John Dewey, talking about Art, once said «Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. Those who have the gift of creative expression in unusually large measure disclose the meaning of the individuality of others to those others. In participating in the work of art, they become artists in their activity». In your opinion how does art challenge the concept of identity? And in what way is your artistic practice expression of your persona?
When I draw without following a commission or a brief, my doodles are a mirror on my feelings and identity. If I look at old notebooks it is surprising to see how the insistence on drawing a specific gesture or subject occupies some pages and then vanishes to give space to something else. To an external audience my illustrations usually tell a totally different story if compared to the one they were born with and I am curious about the people my images speak to and thank to which they gain a meaning and are allowed an independent existence away from me.
4. Fashion, photography, paintings, sculpture, poetry, architecture, design. They are all expressions of creativity. They are all connected. How do all these forms of art influence your work?
I have never studied illustration, therefore I always had the feeling of intruding into something which wasn’t for me. Within time I overcame this shyness and discovered that by being self taught I could approach tools and develop a personal visual language in a more naive and anarchist way. When I look for inspiration therefore I avoid Pinterest and (beside going out for a walk) I usually open a book. I find that written words hide and compose beautiful landscapes, that poems or short novels are the best concentrate of images and the most effective way to let the imagination spin.