Who or what influenced you to become an artist / photographer?
In my teens I was more interested in paintings than photographs. I studied the works of Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist artists, and this taught me how to use composition, and give attention to details and colors. I was also determined to turn an obstacle into an advantage: I’m suspected of suffering from narcolepsy so I always need to keep myself busy in order not to fall asleep, and my days are filled with bizarre dreams and nightmares…
What motivates you to do what you do?
I believe that passion should be the key ingredient in everything we do. I like to create something that only exists in my mind, I am not interested in showing objective beauty, rather to interpret reality according to my visions.
If you could work alongside any one artist / photographer, who would it be?
I would love to work with Brooke Shaden, I love the way she creates unique images from her visions.
What method of photography do you use film/digital and why? Could you work with any kind of camera?
I have tried several techniques, and when I started I only had an old 35mm camera. I have worked with medium format which is probably the best, but I’m currently using only digital for its versatility and moderate costs.
Do you have a special style in your photographs that can single you out, like strokes in a painting?
I think I’m developing my own style and I’m proud of this. I think most of my photos are easily recognizable by their colours and the dreamlike/decadent atmosphere.
Amongst your photography, which ones are your favourites? Why?
They change a lot! At the moment my favourite one is “Lady Lazarus”, inspired both by Sylvia Plath’s poem and the Manic Street Preachers’ song. It’s a self-portrait representing the ability to be born again and get rid of what makes us suffer.
“Out of the Darkness” is a picture that represent the darkness within us and that we must be able to control it in order not to be slaves to it.
“Lifeblood” for me, is that invisible and often ignored thread that binds us to the earth, a connection with nature most human beings forget. It is also a way to remember that our passions fulfill us and keep us alive.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a series dedicated to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, called “Visions of Poe”. He is my favourite writer and I’ve always wanted to create some images that could represent some of his characters. From “The Black Cat” to “Morella”, I’m working on my most dreamy and macabre project!
What would you like to be remembered for?
I’m not struggling to be remembered, I just want my images to live forever, for their evocative power.
What goal are you working towards within your photography and when will you know you have reached it?
I regularly set my goals and try not to be too disappointed if I don’t achieve within the agreed time! My main goal is to make people dream by colouring reality.
On a less serious note, what is the one item you always need with you?
My rough amethyst pendant. It is believed that this stone drives away nightmares, enhances the ability to dream and increases creativity!
I’m a self-taught fine art photographer and live in Italy with my husband and my cats Luna and Iside.
As a child I was more interested in insects, astronomy and ghosts than dolls. I consider colours and composition as amazing creative tools and use them to evoke dreamy sceneries. I want my colours to be a rebellion towards the greyness and alienation of modern life. My aim is to capture the magic in everyday life, giving reality a dreamlike touch.
My images are licensed by Trevillion Images internationally.