The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Caruso

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  I have the privilege to create something new every day. I can challenge myself constantly, it’s beautiful.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Living today to the maximum and replicating it tomorrow. I always try to enjoy the moment and looking forward to the next with great enthusiasm. I love painting, travel, reading books, but most of all discovering new things. Discovery changes everything.

What is my greatest fear?  Death and to be forgotten.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  At times, I am very shy.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Peter Doig, Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith and Yayoi Kusama

What is my greatest extravagance?  I like sketching manga while I’m on the phone.

On what occasion would I lie?  To save someone’s life or in order to plan a surprise.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Finishing a project. For example at the end of the opening of a new exhibition I am terrified about the next day, as I go back to groping in the dark in search of the next idea. However, at times it is in that moment where everything can change. Often negative elements can become incredibly positive. Everything is always evolving in the life of an artist. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? There is no a precise moment, nor a place. Every time that I complete a new step forward in my research I know something, I discover something, I create something: this is always my happiest moment.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  My perception of time. Our brains take a whole bunch of information from our senses and organize it in a way that makes sense to us, before we ever perceive it. So what we think is our sense of time is actually just a whole bunch of information presented to us in a particular way, as determined by our brains. I’d like change my perception of reality and not keep missing moments.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Honestly, I think that my greatest achievement will happen tomorrow, with new projects, artist’s residences, discovering and just by living. But, an important moment was when I worked on the “Sillabari by Goffredo Parise” and I had the opportunity to work with a great writer. Another important moment was painting alongside other artists in the creation of a mural for the city of Milan, commissioned by Cittadella degli Archivi, an experience that I never did before.

Where would I most like to live? Milan in Italy, New York in USA and Punakaiki in New Zealand, where there is a magic house in the rainforest next to the ocean.

What is my most treasured possession? Memories, my own and those shared with others.

What is my most marked characteristic? Courage and ambition.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I don’t have a favourite place in my city, but I have many inspirational locations around the world. On the surface, travel and art seem like perfect partners. The rush of being somewhere new, the strangeness of everything, that sense of losing yourself, of re-creating yourself  – all good fuel for creative fires.  Travelling, for me, is same as reading books. Travel gives me time to think, ideate, observe and learn new things – culture, food, history. It also gives a lot of time to introspect and understand on how certain things are done around the world. Inspiration to create new works, live better, or perhaps, happy to be living a better life.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love “Rajput”, my favourite Indian restaurant in Milan.

What books influenced my life and how? A great many books I own had an undue influence on what I’m interested in, how I think, and on how I create. When I was young I read “The remains of the day” by Kazuo Ishiguro, all poems of Tagore, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Shakespeare and all Asimov’s novels. These books forged my soul. Many books about neuroscience and science (both fictions, like Philip K. Dick’s novels, both scientific texts) influenced me in my teenage years and now. I loved “Future of the Mind” by Michio Kaku, and “Quantum Physics for poets” by Leon M. Lederman. I’m in love with philosophy as well. Two of my favourite books are “Filosofie del tempo” by P. Taroni and “A history of western philosophy” by B. Russel.

Who are my favorite writers? Alain De Botton, Isaac Asimov, Proust, Tagore, Rimbaud, Novalis, Parise, Philip K. Dick, J.K. Rowling, Murakami, Shakespeare, Stephen Hawking, Virginia Woolf and many others.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I hate death. I’d like to transfer my personality into a completely new body, one day, seriously! But If I die before that day, in my last day I would like enjoy the silence, no music, no noise, no voices, just the sound of my last breath.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Kenshiro

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I admire a lot of people, but I don’t follow anybody. I prefer to live my way, facing my challenges, my fears but following my own path.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Posia sin fin by Alejandro Jodorowsky

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life and my work as well, I couldn’t live in any another way. It plays an important role in my life and I truly believe that art has helped me to become a better person. Art has added value to my life in so many ways, both big and small, that it is difficult to express all of what art means to me. Art says things that even words cannot say. You don’t need a language to understand Art. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  Me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  A filmmaker and a neuroscientist.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Artists, gallerists, art collectors, curators: people who want take risks.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  I’m working on a project based on a continuous dialogue woven between memory and space, in a dimension of quantum uncertainty. An important theme of my paintings will be the perception of time. I’ll work both with paintings and installations, I’d like to create paintings you can look at but also see through.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? My website has a collection of my finished work, along with upcoming show schedules:

My studio in Milan is always open to the public.

My instagram: 

My reference galleries:

Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome (Italy):

Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan (Italy):

Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA:

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The passion defines what we all are. Through passion I discover always what I am.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Alessandra Ubezio

How can you contact me?  

Directly through my email:

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

The Heroine’s Journey Membership

Become a Friend of The Heroine’s Journey 


We’re sometimes not too sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously: we talk of somewhat randomly ‘clicking’ with people. Trying to plan for it sounds like cheating. But in a busy world, the desire to socialise authentically, with interesting, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.

That’s why we created The Heroine’s Journey Friends scheme. Membership gives you the right to invite creative professionals to publish their story for free on The Heroine’sJourney online. Each story made possible by you is anchored around the big idea that when we our quest let’s us travel from a person who interests us to another person who interest them and exchange stories we learn more about ourselves, meet people who can make a difference for you and have more impact in the world with telling our story.  Every month, in your own city or somewhere in the world you can invite creative professionals you like to tell their story for the Heroine’s Journey website.

If you have passion for your work, you will find kindred spirits in this way of travelling.  The stories you will see of creative professionals you have invited for The Heroine’s Journey are guaranteed to be stimulating and reassuring – as well as prompts to genuine connection and insight. Every creative professional you bring forward to have their story free published on The Heroine’s Journey online, you will be offering a great experience to everyone you meet.

We have two memberships programs  I and II

The Heroine’s Journey Membership I  Programme Includes

  • The right to offer 30 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
  • The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – two times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
  • 10% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey seminars world wide

Price is :  Euro 299 for one year 

The Heroine’s Journey Membership II  Programme Includes

  • The right to offer 50 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
  • The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – four times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
  • The right to tell your story in more detail with the Heroine’s Journey questionnaire up to six pages online and add up to ten professional pictures of yourself and your work.
  • 20% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey seminars world wide
  • free entrance to the special The Heroine’s Journey in One Day conference which is held once every quarter in 2018 (the four locations in 2018 are Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona)

Price is :  Euro 449 for one year 

The programmes last for 365 days, after which you will be asked if you’d like to renew your subscription.

You want to become a Heroine’s Journey Friend?  Mail Peter at to receive info how to make that happen.

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