Italian street
artist Alice Pasquini is putting a splash of magic all over the streets of Rome. I first stumbled upon Alice when I saw a collection book of her exhibition “Cinderella Pissed Me Off”. The title alone had me intrigued but when I looked through the pages and experienced her art I was very impressed. Alice’s art is full of color, energy and warmness.  Her ability to incorporate people she knows into her art creates a feeling of familiarity for the observer. You can feel the emotional connection that she portrays through each of her art pieces and to me that is one of the amazing artistic qualities about Alice. I had the honor of interviewing Alice on her skills as an artist, her artistic influences and the importance of a female presence in the street art scene. This is her story…

 

Many of your art pieces have a youthful and care-free vibe. How are you able to incorporate these emotions and human characteristics in your art?

I draw people on the bus, or at the airports, in the bar or at park. I draw my friends, my sisters, sleeping or taking the coffee. My pictures depict everyday moments that for me represent the real magic of life: the way you live every single moment. I also think my artworks are done to be enjoyed in a precise moment, and one of the magics of street art to me is in the moment a person is passing by and is suddenly facing something he likes out of nothing.

 

Are your art pieces a representation of your personality?

I’m representing my way to live life, my point of view.

 

It seems as if the street art scene is dominated by male artists. How important is it to show the female artistic side of the street art scene?

As an artist I think that what is important is to show your self as you are. The value is more about style and personality. But from a woman’s point of view I think It is important to propose a real woman as a model in a world where TV and magazine ads paint them basically as cooks or given sexy dolls that are supposed to reflect—or cause—their aspiration to be nothing but beautiful. Things haven’t changed that much, even if sometimes it appears on the surface as though it has.

To continue with the last question, why is it essential for you to depict strong and independent women in your art?

I am interested in using female models outside of the typical clichés. I get annoyed by female stereotypes where women are seen either as sexual objects or cartoon heroines. My work, instead, depicts the lives of women from a young girl’s perspective, portraying the (sometimes brutal) aspects of today’s reality. In general, I am interested in the representation of human feelings.

What are the challenges you have faced with putting your art in public streets?

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.’

I’ve never been arrested but I have been stopped by the police painting in Rome and Madrid but I was lucky—they let me go! We are lucky that some policeman love art.

 

What female artists have inspired you in your career?

Woman artists I like are Artemisia Gentileschi , Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle,  and Cindy Sherman.

 

What projects are you currently working on?

I am preparing the next big wall and a solo show. I will continue to paint, travel, and be agitated.

 

For More Information:

AlicePasquini.com

Twitter.com/AlicePasquini

Facebook.com/pages/Alice-Pasquinis-Art

 

 

-Adrianne

 

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