What is the best thing that I love about my work? When I work the space is full of noises and dust, in contrast, what I love the most is the silence that sculpting creates within myself. I love the different emotional and technical challenge that each sculpture gave me every time.
What is my idea of happiness? Below the windows of my studio, there is a river from the mountains reaches the sea. Happiness is to sit by my window and look at the river. Concentrating on the sound of the river that passes underneath me, made me feel like I am sitting on a boat that moves in my imagination following the river that flows.
What is my greatest fear? I love being on my own, exploring the silence of my creation. However, I am afraid that sometimes my attitude towards solitude is a way to escape confrontation.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I never stay on the surface of what I do. I need to go deep in myself to create. This process is sometimes hard but is also what connects me to a sense of beauty for what I do.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire all the marble technicians. Without them, sculpturing will be dead. They hold memories and technical secrets. I believe that their knowledge of the past and their traditions can be a potential new language for a new aesthetic of sculpture.
What is my greatest extravagance? I love to dress all in black and walk around my studio full of white marble dust. I usually start a sort of elegant dance in which I calculate all my movements and I try to be aware of all my body paying particular attention to my nerves and muscles. I do this in order not to get my clothes dirty. These movements I dance are very different from the one I perform when I am sculpting which are indeed very sharp and tough. I found is a beautiful contrast.
On what occasion would I lie? I lie when I feel someone wants to push their point of view on me. I lie to indulge or escape when I feel the person in front of me is not ready or does not want an open confrontation.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I dislike the art market. Often there are too many comprises to accept. However, I need to survive. I would work with the same urgency even if I would only show my artwork and not selling in it. My work finds completeness and conclusion only when perceived by others. For me, sculpting is not only a job is a personal process. Is a way to leave an open trace to be perceived by others.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? My happiest moments are during the creative process. I am happier when I manipulate the materials than when I show my art. I am at the pick of my happiness when I observe that the piece of marble is hiding the still hidden shape in my head. Is real cooperation within my creative energy and the matter of the stone.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I wish to be less emphatic. Not always empathy is a good thing for me. I would like not to identify myself completely with the pain of others, particular the one of my beloved.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Initially, the artwork born in my mind. After it concurs the space. Space is the destination. Marble artworks are strongly connected with space. The greatest achievement for me is to occupy the public space with my art. The synergy that the sculpture creates with the surroundings can transform the space. it is as if any place can become an “effective” place.
Where would I most like to live? In Japan. I already lived there for one year. The silence, the delicacy, the respect they have for nature and people resonates with my soul.
What is my most treasured possession? My black cat that thinks she is a panther. I live with her for many years. She understands me. We just look at each other and is like she speaks with me and understands my needs and thoughts. Every time I am sad she knows it and comes closer to me.
What is my most marked characteristic? My tenacity. When I think I need to create or do something all my energy goes in that direction.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The river below my window. From there I can see the Apuane Alpes and the marble caves and their sharp picks. So, I don’t need to go too far.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I don’t love going out for dinner. I prefer drinking a beer after work in a particular place where all the other sculptors go after work. There I can always find people ready to talk and exchange technical and intellectual opinions regarding our work.
What books influenced my life and how? Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. I found many inspirations in this particular book as sometimes I also perceived that everything rotates around the past within a fine line between dreaming and reality.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? These days I like to listen to Theo Teardo and Blixa Bargher. There is a particular track called “ The quiet Life “ where music and poetry seems to sublimate every pain within myself.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Princess Mononoke is a Japanese anime. I love her tenacity to fight and defend nature against the officiousness of mankind.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All humanitarians helpers and volunteers that dedicate silently their lives to others.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Star Wars!
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life. Art saved my life many times. I know and understand the power art can have on other’s lives. For me, everything rotates, manifests and makes sense through art.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? it means that my life is within the creative process of my artwork. My artworks tell my reality, my past and my future.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? All the artists that live in Via Carriona. This street has been around for centuries and brings marbles from the cave to the city. On this way, there are many atelier and labs that cooperate to create marble sculptures.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? Edoardo secci arte contemporanea, Hauser and Wirth, Gagosian, Paludetto arte
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creativecareer would i love to meet in 2020? Beverly pepper, Anish kapoor.
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? Together with some architects, artists and art curators, we are working on a project intending to bring artworks inside hospitals. In particular two one in Cosenza and the other in Salerno both city are in the south of Italy. After having experienced the pandemic of COVID 19 I believe that art can use this time to recuperate its inspiring and curative power towards pain.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020? I see myself in my Atelier in Carrara. For now, I am waiting that one of my sculpture that is in Rome Airport can be inaugurated and show to the public soon.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To keep going, to meditate on obstacles and to find through art more answers towards the failings and melancholy that this historical period provokes in me.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Donatella Pinocci, Maila Buglioni, Roberto Bilotti Ruggi D’aragona, Cristina Viviani,Lulu Nuti, Francesca Bernardini, Claudia Scaringella, Paolo Assenza.
How can you contact me?
My web site is http://www.silviascaringella.com.
Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey
Are you a creative leader or creative professional looking to develop your business skills and storytelling?
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You are aware that there are no quick fixes. Learning is a journey that works when you are fully committed to it. Coaching can bring awareness and help you navigate, but in the end it’s you who is in charge of your growth.
You want to learn more about how to resource yourself, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.
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The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is all about your development. To make the most out of your sessions, we ask you to prepare topics to work on with Peter. These topics can serve as a starting point for further in-depth exploration with Peter.
These coaching topics typically resonate with the creative leaders Peter works with:
How can i tell the most powerful story possible about myself and my creative business?
How can I handle self promotion and marketing of my creative business better?
How do can I stay authentic and with focus when having difficult conversations with potential clients?
What are my creative values and how do I align these with my business values?
How can I manage my time and energy better?
How can I radiate confidence to my clients while feeling anxious inside?
How can I steer myself towards creative excellence without becoming rigid?
About Peter de Kuster
Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project, a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lives and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.
Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing, MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.
The Heroine’s Journey Coaching online sessions last 50 minutes and the fee is Euro 189 excluding VAT per session. The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is suitable for people at any stage in their career.
Who can sign up for The Heroine’s Journey online coaching?
Creative leaders and creative professionals who wish to improve their business story and develop their business skills and mindset.
Should I choose 1:1 coaching?
Our The Heroine’s Journey experiences in world cities allow you to learn not only from the coach but also from your peers. For the small group coaching (1 – 4 people), we have selected important, relevant topics that we find regularly come up for creative professional: purpose, storytelling, creative confidence, self promotion, time & money and resilience.
If you would prefer to work alone or on a different topic, individual coaching is a better fit for you.
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Can I buy coaching for my organization?
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Can I bring my own topics?
Yes, for individual coaching you get to choose your own topic.
Are coaching sessions confidential?
Yes. Peter will not share anything that is discussed in the coaching sessions.
Where will the coaching sessions take place?
Sessions will take place online (as per the times we live in) via an online tool like Zoom or Skype. Peter will let you know.
How do I sign up?
Send Peter a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to start booking your coaching sessions.
How do I pay?
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How do I book and reschedule sessions?
Once we’ve received your payment, Peter will contact you and book your coaching sessions. He will also support you with rescheduling sessions if needed.
What is your cancellation policy?
Individual coaching sessions can be postponed up to one week before the session.