What is fertiliser for your work?
Living in Naples. This city has influenced my work so much. Naples has a strong character: it is happy, full of life, has a great ability to react. Here I have two work spaces, different for structure and position, really in antithesis: one where I realize the paintings and the other where I mount them on the chassis. The first is in the heart of Naples, where I was born and I grew up, where I can find the memories of my childhood and where, after almost 15 years lived in Milan, I returned: the Spanish Area, that was built around the sixteenth century to give hospitality to Spanish military garrisons (aimed at repressing any riot of the Neapolitan population) or as a temporary residence for those who went from Naples to other places of war. Despite the unhappy fame of this area, it is still a nucleus of historic-artistic significance in the city of Naples, which also offers several cues of folk culture and of Neapolitan lifestyle, into which I daily dive and from which I get absorbed: for example, the presence of small craft shops, or of the “Neapolitan basses”, or even small and dark alleys characterized by high staircases and clothes hung out to dry between the palaces, people’s voice on the street mixed with popular music and the screams of the street sellers, along with the rhythm of my sewing machine. Differently, where I assemble the canvases previously worked is a place of silence, on the suburbs of the city, where the chirping of birds scans the day.