2022 i love you, but bye!

end of the year online sale

 Oh yes, it is already that time of the year, my dear!

Time for the so long awaited
END OF THE YEAR SALE!!!
Original artworks and prints for sale on my online shop,
up to 30% off
from now till the end of the year!

Get your favorite piece or find the perfect gift for your dears.
And remember to order your Christmas presents in time!

Lunatica

new painting series

 LUNATICA 
 new painting series 

Happy to show you, my new babies, a fresh series of 4 paintings!

I had in mind of creating a new series with a tiger and a human for a while, wanted to paint an emotional bond between them.
I started this series from the colors, the perfect combination of pink and teal beat me one morning of this early fall, watching the sunrise light hitting the trees from my window.

Ok, enough with sentimentalism…
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did painting it.

RAGEZZE SICILIANE

BOOK ILLUSTRATION


You know what?
I made a book!
Well, I didn’t really make it materially, but I painted for it!

I had the honor and the pleasure to illustrate the book “Ragazze Siciliane” written by Maria Messina, a collection of short stories that create a realistic gaze on women in Sicily in the first half of the 20th century.
Thanks so much to the team of Lunaria Edizioni it was a pleasure to work together.

The book is available only in Italian for now, but this is one reason more to learn this beautiful language.

So if you want to support:
• artists – like me 😉
• small but great publishing houses – Lunaria Edizioni is a group of beautiful souls socially active to make every day the world a beautiful place
• and a woman Sicilian writer – Maria Messina – who deserves to have now the success she didn’t have when she was alive

Then you can purchase this beautiful book in all the bookshops around Italy or online.

Peace,
Cicca.

AUTUMN’MATIC

Open Studio and Exhibition in Berlin.

I am so pleased to invite you to our third open studio event of 2022!
Come to visit me and the wonderful artists’ team of the fantastic Studio4, our enchanting atelier in Friedrichshain, Berlin.
After an exciting and energized Summer, it is time to embrace the slowness and the changing.
Autumn is here to remind us that everything is cyclical, even the most perfect machine doesn’t last long if constantly used at its full power.
Time for some self-reparation, oiling the brain, and strengthening the mechanisms of the heart.

WHEN:
The exhibition: from Monday 19th September to Friday 23rd September – 12h-18h
Finissage event: Friday 23rd September – 17h-21h

WHERE:
Studio4 – Samariterstr. 4, 10247 Berlin

Looking forward to meeting you!

LOVE SICK SUMMER

Open Studio and Exhibition in Berlin.

I am so delighted to invite you to our second open studio event this year!
Come to visit me and the wonderful artists’ team of the fantastic Studio4, our charming atelier in Friedrichshain, Berlin.
After the spring filled our hearts and spirits, the summer is here to heal us and give us all the best energies we deserve to enjoy this magical time of the year.

WHEN:
The exhibition: from Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June – 12h-18h
Finissage event: Friday 24th June – 17h-21h

WHERE:
Studio4 – Samariterstr. 4, 10247 Berlin

Looking forward to meeting you!

Kikkake vol.2 – okinawa theater show

animation and scenography by Chiara Ciccarello

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.

(All pictures by Yuta Nakama)

Balance as a freelance artist

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.

grazie 2020

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.

Dunque grazie 2020.
2021, io sono pronta.

Portrait commission – 42×59,4 cm, mixed media on paper, 2020
“Water above sky below now” – frame by frame digital animation, 2020
Tre donne e un gatto” – 42×29,7cm, ink and charcoal on paper, 2020

Nuovo atelier – Studio 4

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.

Studio 4 – Samariterstraße 4, 10247 Berlin