Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Italian Stallion(ette)

'Family Portrait'


'Many people are saying my work looks feminist' blurts out the London-adopted Italian illustrator in her native animated fashion. Who could've expected a boisterous voice of that magnitude to fit into such a slight frame, 'most of my subjects are women - I wouldn't consider myself a feminist. My work is a statement of my personality. I link my creative process to personal satisfaction, creating something that I consider beautiful.' Certainly she must be satisfied with the spirited collages that appear to reminisce old film stills, renovated by those of current news reports - all intertwined into a moving story which converses a poetic portrayal of the mundane subject of politics.

The move to England two years ago opened a door for her insight into the smoke-filled room polluting our lungs, which materialises within most of her pieces: 'I like my work to be engaged in the surrounding political and social scenes'. Ceci, as she likes to be called, bellowed her gallant take on the subject loud enough to be heard and duly featured by the ICP magazine which tracks current developments within global international relations. The harsh reality of the political impact in Britain today is impossible to ignore and Cecilia's take is that 'most of the conservatives' choices don't mean a positive change for the nation - they are aggravating the social gap between the working and the ruling classes, making the price of life generally higher.'

The hierarchy of politics and it's adverse consequences ignite her creative drive. 'The political scenery is not so much about left or right. It's much more about the effectiveness of the political choices and it's closeness to people. If everyone had a critical consciousness of what is happening around us then maybe they'd take care of the choices that create damage to the world we live in.' She herself crusaded to raise the said consciousness by joining in protests against cuts to education funding and impelled the public to take action, after all 'loud tone and Italian accent can be a winning combination.'

'All these issues are connected and derived from individual choices so to change the world from the basis, I'd change the system of information that we have in order to defeat the general ignorance diffused in society.' - let's hope that the future will be as rosy as David Cameron's soon-to-be blushing cheeks.