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

2019

Il 2019 è stato una fatica.

Ho sgobbato un sacco, davvero, rimboccata le maniche e olio di gomito, dalla Sicilia, a Berlino fino in Giappone. Mi sono sempre detta che per arrivare a farcela come artista, per arrivare a sostenerti con l’arte, ci fosse un solo modo: lavorare, lavorare e lavorare sodo, senza fermarsi. Non sono una stacanovista anzi, sostengo che il riposo e il diletto siano essenziali per un sano equilibrio mentale necessario, a mio parere, alla creazione. Inoltre se lavoriamo tutto il tempo senza vivere, da dove dovremmo mai prendere lo spunto creativo per fare arte? Dunque impegno continuo, e poi il riposo ed il diletto.

Detto ciò, questo 2019 è stato davvero impegnativo, forse l’anno più operoso ad oggi. E si sono stanca, ma sono anche grata e felice, perché alla fine ogni sforzo è stato ripagato. E non credere, non è che sia stato facile. I momenti in cui ho pensato di rinunciare, o quelli in cui ho pensato che non ne valesse la pena, che fosse tutta fatica sprecata, ce ne sono stati molti, e continueranno ad essercene. Eppure sono contenta di non essermi fermata.

E lo scrivo adesso qui per ricordarmelo, che va bene così, procedere con calma, senza alcuna fretta, l’importante è non fermarsi.

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Discuvry in Kanaiwa – 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Kanaiwa Diary, 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Kanaiwa Diary, 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Kikkake, Okinawa concert, 2019 – picture by Yuta Nakama

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Kikkake, Okinawa concert, 2019 – picture by Yuta Nakama

Coffee Spoon – exhibition in Berlin

I am so happy to announce my first solo exhibition in Berlin!

The show is gonna happen in the sweet venue of Chouquette Cafè, in Friedrichshain, and I’m gonna exhibit a new illustrated story created specially for the event.

My work focuses on the narration of empathy into people’s stories through images, that’s why for this occasion I wanted to create a story that could be narrated on the walls of a Berlin café in a natural way, as if it had always been there, a story that surrounds people silently but intensely.

Coffee Spoon is a story suspended in the time of one coffee.
Has it already happened or is it happening right now?

If you are in Berlin come to say hi, drink wine and listen the beautiful music by End of Dimension!

Coffee Spoon

Illustrated Story by Chiara Ciccarello

Vernissage: 7 Dec 2018, 19-22h _ Live Music by End of Dimension from 20:30

Exhibition: 8-20 Dec 2018, 10-18h (monday closed)

Looking forward to meeting you there!

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Soft City – Exhibition at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin

I’m pleased to announce our participation in the group exhibition SOFT CITY, at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin.

For this show I collaborated with a great artist, my art sensei, and last but not least my husband, Yukihiro Taguchi. We have been all around the east neighborhood of Berlin, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, drawing and shooting a stop-motion animation video, watching the city through a glass window…got curious? Come to see our short movie and installation at the exhibition!

The VERNISSAGE on Friday the 7th.
Music Live: End of Dimension
Performance: Yuji Ueno
+ Japanese Tea Ceremony

WHEN: from 7th September 2018 till 25th January 2019

WHERE: Schloss Biesdorf, Alt Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlino

More info at the Facebook event page here: SOFT CITY – STADT & KUNST // JAPAN & BERLIN

Works by:
Florian Baron/Jenny Fadranski,
David Bauer, Linda Havenstein
Masaru Iwai,
Titus Spree,
Yukihiro Taguchi/Chiara Ciccarello
Katsuhito Nakazato/Sugano Matsusaki
Yuji Ueno
Concept and Curatos: Titus Spree, Linda Havenstein, Karin Scheel

 

RHEIN GAWA Project Completed

My residency in Ginoza is finished and I’m back to Berlin.

It was such an intense experience and I learned so much, I had the chance to work on a huge theater project ad met great artist and people that I will never forget, I had 2 workshop with the children of the primary school in Ginoza and I’m so thankful because they teached me so much and remember me to keep watching the world with amazed eyes. I also had 2 exhibition, one in Ginoza and one in Naha.

It was lot of work, but I’m so glad I had this opportunity and I would do it again 100 times.

Thanks so much to all the people of Garaman Hall and Rheinbilder project, you all will have always a special place in my heart.

Okinawa see you soon again!

 Pictures by Titus Spree

Okinawa: Ginoza Art Residency

Hello there, I’ve been in Okinawa for almost two weeks now, working crazy to prepare the scenography for the show “Rheinbilder” that will be in Garaman Hall on the 21st and 22nd July.

It is the first time for me to draw something that will be screened with projector on an multi layer screen setup, and I’m learning something new every day. Drawing for screening is quite different from drawing for books, there are many things to consider, for example the contrast of the images that must be quite strong to work good with the lights on the stage.

Here you can see the flyer of the show. For more info and tickets follow the link of the Garaman Hall theater. So to all of you who will be in Okinawa on the 21st or 22nd July, come to see it! It will be a great show, in the romantic scenery of the Rhein river with live music, dancing, acting and my illustrations!

RHEINBILDER - FLYER FRONT

 

Okinawa arrivo!!!

I have some big news!!!

On the 7th June I will go to Okinawa for about 2 months, that’s my first art residency and I am so happy that will be in the wonderful island in the south-south-south of Japan, as a Sicilian I kind of feel connected to Okinawa…SOUTH ISLANDS POWER!!!

I am honored to take part to a great theater project with my illustrations, and collaborate with great people there to create the scenography. I am so excited and looking forward to being there.

The show will be in the end of July in the Garaman Hall of Ginoza. I will post more details about it very soon.

And now let’s come back to work!

GANBARIMASU!!!

 

 

Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Almost Ready!!!

So here we are! I am going to Bologna this year to attend the Children’s Book Fair for my first time!!!

I’m so excited and a bit afraid, it is the most important event concerning children book so I wonder if I will be overwhelmed by it. I read so much information around the internet (thanks to all the illustrators who shared their experience) but I think I will never be prepared enough!

So there is not so much to do than jump into it!

This week I prepared all my promotion material: business cards, post cards, little tiny zines with my works, poster for the Illustrator’s Wall and of course dummy books and my portfolio. I struggled about the portfolio’s format, in the beginning I thought to print my work in A3 format, but in the end I choose a more practical A4, that can easily fit in my backpack.

Still I have one dilemma: bring the original drawings or not? Yesterday I was framing and carefully packing them in a 60×40 cm folder, it is big! I imagined me going around the fair carrying this huge folder while all the experienced illustrator walk light with small cute portfolios or even just a tablet, and I saw it, that big arrow over my head saying “The Beginner”. Still I can not decide…

Here a picture of the small format material and a cute vintage sigarettes holder that I use to keep cards, isn’t it adorable?