At the end of 2021, I was honored to be part of Kikkake vol.2, a great theatrical piece at Garaman Hall in Ginoza (Okinawa, Japan), for which I have created the scenography using frame by frame digital animation. Like many other art and theater projects, our show has been postponed several times because of the pandemic. I was supposed to take part in 2 months artist residency organized by Garaman Hall in Ginoza, but in the end, the regulation to enter Japan from abroad was too strict, and I worked on the project from Berlin.
Thanks to the excellent team of performers, actors, musicians, and technicians, the show was a great success. Congratulation to all the members of the team! I hope we will meet again soon on your beautiful island, Okinawa.
Do you know that cozy, chaotic, colorful, and maybe a bit punky artists’ studio in the heart of Friedrichshain? Yes, I’m talking about Studio4! That’s the atelier I share with a bunch of great artists and friends! And we are all super happy to invite you to our
AUTUMN OPEN STUDIO MARKET
Art, prints, original drawings and painitngs, and our personally selected flea-market assortment of second-hand clothes and little treasures to discover, furthermore you will have the chance to see where the magic happens every day!
COME TO VISIT US!
When: the 20th of November 2021, from 12h till 18h Where: Studio4, Samariterstr.4, 10247 Berlin
One year has gone by since the pandemic has narrowed our freedom of movement and connections. In this uncomfortable world situation, it is very easy to lose our motivation and don’t be able to see anymore all the small things that have always inspired our life path. So we have to keep our spirits up! And for this today I want to tell you the story of a wonderful project that is a symbol of courage, strength, and optimism. It is the project of the little traveling house of Discuvry.
The story of discuvry tiny house
My husband, Yukihiro Taguchi, and I built this tiny house at the beginning of 2013, on the occupied area in Cuvry Straße, called precisely Cuvry-Brache (Cuvry-Fallow), in Berlin, an empty lot that was for a long time the last free piece of land on the Spree’s riverside that managed to resist the big gentrification process. Building an illegal house in the center of a European capital just using scrap found wood and the strength of our hands? Yes, why not! That time I was a fresh graduated building engineer just arrived in Berlin, and just met the crazy and fearless Japanese artist that, years later, would have become my husband. And so the Discuvry project born, as a daring and optimistic mixture of what we could have done better and together.
The project moved from a combination of different factors:
the wish of creating a big art project able to generate a strong life-changing united to the desire to merge our art practice with the simple and essential sides of life;
a great interest in the spontaneous process of society development, free of conventions imposed by the contemporary civilization;
and, of course, the difficulty and limited possibility of renting an apartment in Berlin for artists and freelancers, especially stranger, summed to the increasing price of the house in the city for the strong and fast gentrification.
Every single piece of wood that compose our house was collected by us on the streets of Berlin, cut by hand with our Japanese saws, and assembled by hammer and nails. We didn’t imagine that our little house would have generated a chain reaction: many others started to build their own houses till the creation of a multicultural village with more than a hundred inhabitants! Our life was re-organized according to the resources and characteristics of the place: living in the middle of a capital city like Berlin without having home electricity and running water; sharing our space and our time because in Cuvry-Brache there were no borders.
We have lived there for 18 months, and this time, when our life and our art are inextricably linked, is documented by the stop-motion video created by Yukihiro.
In September 2014 a big fire was set in the camp and the illegal anarchic village was evicted.
But the happy end of our story is that we could dismantle and save our house as artwork and since then it has been the happiest and luckiest house, traveling and been exhibited around the world, from Germany to Denmark even up to Japan! None of us would have imagined that this small house, born in not the most favorable conditions, survived to the fire and bulldozers, would have such a long and adventurous life!
Moral of the story: don’t let the most difficult situations scare your passions and keep taking action to make your dreams come true. Action fuels motivation!
And now the great news!
Last year Discuvry house came back to Germany and waited for one year in Bochum to be built and lived again. And the time has come! The Discuvry project will stand again on the beautiful beach of Silbersee II, in Haltern am See, in the frame of the open-air public exhibition Ruhr Ding: Klima organized by Urbane Künste Ruhr, an institution for contemporary art in the Ruhr region.
Ruhr Ding: Klima will be open to the public from the 8th of May 2021, in the safeness and respect of all covid hygiene measures. Please visit us and our tiny artsy home on the beautiful lake in Haltern am See, and follow the project updates on Discuvry Instagram profile.
Art action during lockdown: Guerrilla art exhibition on Berlin’s trains.
It has been already one year since the world situation drastically changed due to the pandemic. In December 2020 the third and harder lockdown began in Germany, and it still going on, with a hope that the situation will get better with the coming of the beautiful season.
The art and culture scene in Berlin, as in the rest of the world, has been on hold for a year. We are all waiting for the situation to evolve and get better. I was placing a lot of effort on web networking because I thought it was the only way nowadays to keep creating networks. But that’s not true. I want my art to reach people in the real life.
Since galleries and museums are still closed, artists have to find other ways to reach people with art. After brainstorming with my partner and artist, Yukihiro Taguchi, something popped up in our minds: it was time to stop waiting and start to act! Why not using the public space? Why not simply carrying art around the city? And why not on the public trains and make train’s wagons our galleries? And that’s exactly what we did. So the idea of Kunst im Zug was born. The concept is very simple: guerrilla art exhibitions on trains.
On Sunday the 14th of February, the artists Yukihiro Taguchi, Marnie Feuerriegel, Linda Havenstein and I started the Kunst im Zug movement. There are no rules against bringing your art with you on the train, and the feedback from the people we met during the action was extraordinarily positive. Even the two young police officers we have met in a station in Kreuzberg had a good and warm reaction. So people, Kunst im Zug!
We repeat the action every Sunday in Berlin, and you can participate anytime just taking your art with you on the train, it doesn’t matter if we are not on the same wagon, or train, or city. Wherever you are, whatever art or design you are creating, join Kunst im Zug!
Visit Kunst im Zug Instagram to follow the movement and be updated on the next actions. I hope to meet you on the train, rolling art together!
My tips for surviving as a full-time artist and balancing productivity and self-time.
Art is a business. It is not just twinkles and colors, but also marketing, planning, production, selling, shipping, and all that stuff that may sound boring but still necessary.
As a full-time artist and the only person in my small business, I have learned, and keep learning, to extricate myself between the duty and the pleasure of this job. I thought about the possibility to have a gallery or an agent to care about all the bureaucracy and paperwork, leaving to me just the joy of pure creation. But I have chosen to deal personally with the people, managing by myself the production and the selling of my artwork. This because I want my art to remain accessible not only to a niche of wealthy collectors but to everyone who wishes to admire my works on the walls of their own houses. Day by day I roll up my sleeves and organize my time to administrate every aspect of my artist profession. And believe me, it is really easy when the boundary between job and passion is bland, ending to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day or more. But I am a lover of self-time, the time for rest and leisure. I cannot and do not want to give up on it. How do I manage it?
PLANNING, PLANNING, AND AGAIN, PLANNING!
Yes. Planning is the golden rule. A bit for my engineering studies, a bit perhaps for a personal predisposition, I admit that I enjoy creating to-do lists. Lists and plans, short and long term. I usually plan the year goals, the monthly ones, and every week I make a detailed plan for every day. Maniacal? Maybe, but this allows me to keep always at least one day of the week free for the necessary leisure. And as a day rule, no work after dinner! Also because, maybe for my Sicilian genes, after eating my belly steals all the energy to my brain.
GRATIFICATION AND REWARD: GET YOUR SPIRIT UP!
To keep the mood up, it is absolutely needful to gratify and reward yourself after the hard work, to remember the simple and beautiful things that are the purpose of our efforts. I don’t want to sound like an Italian cliche, but a good meal (even better if shared with the people we love) always remembers us that the essential is simple, and we are lucky to have it because it is not granted, even if we sometimes forget it. A nice warm bath or a long shower works just as well for me, face masks, body oils, and so on! Self-care and the exclusive me-time as a reward for the hard work.
MOVEMENT AND POWER: KEEP THE ENERGY HIGHT!
Sport and movement are also essential for me, although the Berlin winter makes me particularly lazy. But even just half an hour of physical activity or a little stretching in the morning before starting the day is enough to have more energy, and everything flows much more smoothly. Dancing? Everyday. Yes, I know, the world pandemic made clubs close and who knows when they will reopen. But that certainly can’t stop us from shaking the body. Dancing helps me to release negative vibes and replaces them with energy and happiness. I dance everywhere, walking on the street, in line at the supermarket, in the studio, at home alone. And of course, just to bring out another Italian cliché, I sing! And loudly! At home, in the shower, while working, in the park, on the bicycle. And after that, I’m feeling much better. Just try it!
That’s more or less how I try to survive as a full-time artist.
I hope you enjoyed my tips! And you? How do you manage to balance productivity and self-time? I would be really happy to read your thoughts about it.
The year is just started, and it couldn’t start better. I’m happy to announce my next exhibitionat the beautiful venue of Diwein in Berlin.
My pleasure, my strength The time of hedonism as a time of self-knowledge.
This selection of works that the artist has created during 2020 in Berlin investigates how the time we dedicate to ourselves, the personal time of pleasure, the exclusive time of the ego, helps us to acquire a greater knowledge of our spirit and our body, leading to self-empowerment.
When: from 7th January (shop opening time) Where: Diwein, Metzer Str. 2, 10405 Berlin
Tomorrow I will be there hanging my paintings between delicious bottles of wine, they couldn’t be in better company. So if you are in Berlin and you were just thinking about a great bottle of wine combined with art, come to visit the exhibition!
Eccoci qua alla fine di uno degli anni più disastrosi della storia.
Non ho intenzione di riepilogare la serie di catastrofi che si sono susseguite nel corso del 2020. In realtà voglio solo dire grazie, perché questo 2020, nonostante tutto, è stato per me un buon anno.
In quest’anno speciale appena passato ho avuto la fortuna di trovare un atelier fantastico, condiviso con grandi artisti e amici. Sono davvero riconoscente allo Studio4 a Friedrichshain, e a tutto ciò che questo posto magico mi ha regalato, alle persone che ha portato sul mio cammino, inspirandomi e sostenendomi personalmente e artisticamente.
In quest’anno così difficile per tutti, particolarmente per gli artisti freelancer, sono davvero grata di essere riuscita a sopravvivere continuando a fare quello che più amo. So che poter vivere d’arte è una fortuna.
Un anno fa decidevo di voler dipingere ritratti. E il 2020 mi ha dato la possibilità di ritrarre gente splendida e di imparare e migliorare questa pratica. Grazie a voi che avete creduto in me e mi avete permesso di dipingervi così come io vi vedo. In questo nuovo anno appena cominciato ci saranno molti altri ritratti nel mio cammino d’artista ed io non vedo l’ora.
E il 2020 è stato anche pieno di progetti d’animazione (che condividerò presto pubblicamente), portando questo mezzo ad essere una parte fondamentale del mio lavoro. L’animazione frame by frame è una fatica, ma ogni volta che guardo il lavoro concluso dimentico l’affanno nel creare quell’incredibile numero di disegni che compongono quei pochi minuti di magia.
Grazie a Svenja (Cochaine) che mi ha spinto ad esplorare con l’arte un’intimità ed un erotismo libero e puro. Grazie a Marnie (Marnie Feuerriegel) che mi ha portato ad ampliare la visione più introspettiva e spirituale nella mia pratica artistica. Grazie a tutta la gente che mi spinto a definire e rafforzare i miei confini, a credere nel mio valore per difenderlo.
Ed è passato già quasi un mese da quando ho trasferito baracca, carta, colori e pennelli allo Studio 4, nel cuore di Friedrichshain.
Ho trascorso 5 anni a dipingere nel mio appartamento, in uno spazio ritagliato sotto la finestra della camera da letto, ed è andata benissimo. Sono affezionata a quel davanzale che ho riempito di piante e sporcato di gocce di colore, e devo confessare che mi piaceva lavorare in pigiama, soprattutto lungo gli scuri inverni berlinesi. Ma quest’anno ho sentito fosse giunto il momento di uscire dalla mia confort zone pigiamosa e rischiare un po’ di più, investendo su me stessa e sul mio lavoro.
Così eccomi qui, nello studio in Samariterstraße 4, condiviso con altri artisti e designer fantastici e non potrei essere più convinta che sia stata la decisione giusta.
Quindi se vi trovate a Berlino, passate a trovarmi, la mia scrivania è giusto accanto la finestra.