Cinderella Pissed Me Off, the most recent stint for Earth-traveling street artist Alice Pasquini, was her first big solo show. 999Contemporary may have been another stop in the ongoing attempt by Alice to paint the entire world (and its magical everyday events), and her work can be found by anyone with access to the world-wide-web at alicepasquini.com.
This is what she had to say about what’s going on in her world, but her art does more than speak for itself. It speaks for the happenings of the world around us that we might fail to notice on a day to day basis, shedding light on perspective and perception all at once.
You’re based in Rome now, yes? You’ve traveled to and worked in the UK, France, and Spain. Tell us about the street art scenes in all three and how they may differ amongst each other and from us in the states.
I am from Rome but I am almost never here. For me the most receptive place for street art is always the city where I am painting.
You have a broad range of capabilities. What is your favorite medium and why?
What i enjoy most is my pen, my sketchbook, and drinking a cup of coffee.
Tell us about your graphic novel collaboration, “Vertigine ed Rizzoli.”
Melissa Panarello addresses two taboo subjects: homosexuality and drug addiction. I liked to draw this story, which is at once tender and ruthless.
Your focal points are clear and your lines bold. Where did you learn to illustrate?
Working, and I studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. But most of the things I learned ‘on the road.’
Your sketchbook is absolutely amazing. Revealing sketches has become more and more popular in sharing the artistic process and engaging with the viewer. Do you feel that sketches are necessary in connecting the viewer with where you’re coming from during the process of creation?
Thank you. Yes, sketches are the basis of my work. I draw people I see in the streets, on the bus, at the airports, in the bar, or at a park. I draw my friends and my sisters, sleeping or having a coffee. I am not a portraitist; I use my paintings to capture small stories about moments of intimacy.
The human emotion and recognizable street scenes in your work is captivating yet not what you’d traditionally find in street art. Why do you prefer to paint walls in the streets as opposed to canvases in a gallery?
Street art is a way to completely and freely express myself, without the constraints I have when painting for commission. When I paint in studio I’m just with myself, it’s an intimate and creative moment in which the goal is the artwork. In the streets there are many other factors, like the people, the adrenaline, the location, that make the act of painting “alive.”
Some themes I gather from your body of work include the innocence of childhood, the human struggle, the breaks of life, life interactions, and love. What do you hope to accomplish with your art/what do you want the viewer to take away from your compositions?
I’m interested in “moving pictures”, in capturing moments of life that in some way are universal. My pictures depict everyday moments that for me represent the real magic of life. I really think the real magic of life is the way you live every single moment.
What is the best way for our readers to stay current with what you’re up to?
I post all my new work on http://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepasquini