WRITTEN BY GIOVANNA PISACANE & MICAELA FLENDA

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?

Adulthood is a very natural process, and I personally live it as an evolution of childhood. Actually I think childhood is true origin of our social life! When you are a child and start school, you “react” by creating relationships. It is an innate necessity in “the game” of life. Maybe adulthood problems start when too many rules are set in this game, and things are taken more seriously. Creativity and curiosity are two key factors needed to nurture your own childhood whilst you have become an adult. Have you ever seen a baby looking at something new in his own hand? The secret is to fall in love with the pleasure of discovery..and never stop discovering as we did as a child.

 

2. Children can be evil. Entertainment can hide a dark side. How do you explore that part of humanity in your works?

Dark sides are often very fascinating, because they push our limits. Humanity has a variety of dark spots that inspire artists everywhere and everyday! Think about street art or rap music, that raised originally against segregation, gentrification and social abuse in general. Also during childhood being discriminated can be “inspiring”, causing a  reaction, making you escape from the reality in which you are discriminated and look for your happiness and inspiration elsewhere. Use the “evil” side as a blessing, and your “virtuous” side to curb your dark side! This is what art should do, inspire and impress people to do better and never stop “moving”.

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?

Art is generally an act of donation of an experience, a feeling or passion; expression is generally a necessity. That said, a masterpiece or art usually is something that is born from our creativity and someway touches the right chords of public soul, so it can be easily seen as a diffused identity! In this way there are not only individual visions but a spread of multiple identities. In my life I love to think that there is no boundary between personal and artistic aspects but they “feed” and influence one another!

 

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 strongly believe in transversal creativity. I love to think that there are no boundaries between cultural disciplines and the best projects come out from intersections between different worlds! In this specific social and political moment people think that borders and boundaries between states, cultures and customs are the best way to feel safe, but they don’t understand that the only way to “move forward” and improve is contamination… In my opinion, this also is true in design and art in general, and we are all influenced by something that comes in resonance with our personal passion and interests.

Photo courtesy of Matteo Pellegrino.

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