The Heroine’s Journey of Monia Sogni

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To express myself and to create something new from zero. I think that creation is one of the most beautiful types of love because you give something of you to everyone.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I think perfection is not possible for anyone because we’re all imperfect. And happiness arrives when you accept your imperfections and also the imperfections of the others and decide to do your best to make happier people that you love.

What is my greatest fear? I know, it can be a paradox, but I have fear of my fears because when it happens it makes me feel vulnerable.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’d like to be more self confident.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? There are many artists I admire. In general I love persons with strong personality. The ones who have conquered what they really wanted by themselves.

What is my greatest extravagance? I can’t answer because I was born extravagant so what is normal to me sometimes is not for the others!

On what occasion would I lie? To not hurt people. I know that I can be so hard when I say certain things so I prefer to say or say in a more gentle way.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The business in Art. For me is impossible to combine the word “art” to “money”.

When and where was I the happiest in my work? I’m always happy when new ideas come. It’s a very exciting moment. Sometimes, thousands ideas arrive all together and my mind can’t manage all of them!

If I could, what would I change about myself? I worked on my bad temper so much to soften… that now I need holidays! I joke! In fact now I want to accept myself 100%. It’s my challenge!

What is my greatest achievement in work? That people trust in me and in my ideas.

Where would I most like to live? In Barcelona. I went with my friends some years ago and we really enjoyed there. Barcelona is full of life and there are a lot of young people all over the world. I love also Venice. It’s the right place to go with a special person, like I did.

What is my most treasured possession? Oh, I don’t wanna talk about it. I’m very mysterious about the most important things in my life. Probably because I have fear to lose them.

What is my most marked characteristic? Some people said that I’m pure, others that I am true, or innocent, or sweet… I think that all these adjectives are all parts of the child inside of me.

What is my most inspirational location in my city? I live in the country so my inspiration is Nature; you know… trees.. and the river.. and birds…

What is my favourite place to eat and drink in my city? I have a sweeth tooth so I love to go to a new pastry-shop in Piacenza. When I’m there I think to be Alice in Wonderland. A dream! And cupcakes are delicious!

What books influenced my life and how? All books contain a universe so every book I’ve read has given something to me. In particular I love “The Little Prince”. Everytime I read it I cry because most of the times I feel like the main character.

Who are my favourite writers? I don’t have preferences. I love when I writer in a few words can describe a universe and make us dream to be there.

You only die once. What music would I listen on my last day? Obviously!! “Requiem Aeternam” (Mozart) all the day.. so I’m prepared to go away! No, I joke! I think all of the songs that people I loved dedicated to me like for example the song “Every little thing she does is magic” (The Police). It’s a way to remember how some people has loved you so much. So romantic!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I’m not a “groupie”!!!

Who is my hero or heroine in real life? Normal people that every day fight in their own lifes.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? “Into the wild”. To all people who want to be free in their lives, just like me.

What role plays art in my life? It’s like asking “What role play your eyes or your hands in your life”! Art is a part of me.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband and my parents: they always believe in me and support me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? With other creative people like me.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? I’d like to see a special person, Paolo. He’s a gallery owner. He’s a very smart person that has believed in me since the first time and give me always very good advices about art and life in general. In fact he’s more a friend, a “mentor”, a big brother than a gallerist to me. Now he’s abroad and I can’t see him often. We talk on telephone but I hope to see him soon!

What project am I looking forward to work on? I’m working on a new series of paintings that reflect my interior child world. I really love this project. It’s like this project is my new baby. I feel like I’m pregnant!

Where can you see me or my work? For now on line on my website and when the new project will be finished probably in some galleries in Italy.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When passion dies, a man dies inside. You can go nowhere without passion inside. It’s the gasoline that makes the starter motor work.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Andrea Simoncini Gibson (for The Hero’s Journey). He’s a great photographer and artist. I loved to collaborate with him in 2012 and I’m sure you’ll love his art too.

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