The Heroine’s Journey of Silvia Serenari

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The vital energy that accompanies the realization of a new project every time … is like an elixir of long life !.

Silvia Serenari

What is my idea of happiness? Being able to share ideas and projects with people like me, with my interests

What is my greatest fear? I could draw up a ranking of fears, but remaining in the field of art is: no longer having the possibility of being able to carry out my work

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Often being in a general state of concern.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I really like the work of: Meg Hittchock, Susanna Bauer, Jim denevan, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Alberto Di Fabio …

What is my greatest extravagance? Search for the soul in everything that surrounds me and immerse myself in a sort of “Separate Reality” in search of the “invisible” that is in the “visible”.

De tranquillitate animi 3, 2017- 2019, 60 x 90, stampa inkjet su carta baritata su gatorfoam

De tranquillitate animi 3, 2017- 2019, 60 x 90 cm, inkjet print on baryta paper mounted on gatorfoam, courtesy Gilda Contemporary Art

On what occasion would I lie? So as not to hurt someone’s feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Not being able to carry out, for technical reasons, all my work independently.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In Rome from 2000 to 2010 I lived ten very intense years, in that period my artistic research began, I worked in the theater and collaborated with an art magazine.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I wouldn’t change anything, I have grown fond of all sides of my character, even the most difficult and dark ones.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I consider it a success to exhibit continuously since 2003 in public spaces, museums, galleries, to have been selected in various art awards and above all to have people who believe in my artistic research and support it.

Lux Vivens 2, 2012-2019, 25 x 50, stampa inkjet su carta baritata su gatorfoam

Lux Vivens 2, 2012-2019, 25 x 50 cm, inkjet print on baryta paperr mounted on gatorfoam, courtesy Gilda Contemporary Art

Where would I most like to live? In a house in the woods near the sea.

What is my most treasured possession? My son.

What is my most marked characteristic? The mania for perfectionism and tenacity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The “Terrazza Mascagni”, a metaphysical terrace with a checkerboard floor overlooking the sea.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Packed lunch by the sea at sunset.

What books influenced my life and how? The “I Ching” arrived in my life in a “magical” way, confirming the path I had taken, “City and Soul” by Hillman was a great inspiration especially at the beginning of my research and “Symbols of Sacred Science” of R. Guenaun, focused on the esoteric symbols present in different cultures, has been an inspiration for many works.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Current 93’s album “Thunder perfect mind”

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Lately I rediscovered “Anne of Green Gables”.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Carlos Castaneda was my first hero, to follow, David Lynch, Hildegard Von Bingen, Nietzsche, Jung, James Hillman, Jodorowsky and many more …

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Jodorowsky’s “Sacred mountain”

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my salvation and my damnation, for me art and life are not separate realities.

Anima Urbis 22, 2005, 45 x 45 Photoceramic

Anima Urbis 22, 2005, 45 x 45 cm, photoceramic, courtesy E3 arte contemporanea.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? The narrator is the one who tells and narrates the events of a certain fact, each of us has the guiding thread of his life in hand and “telling himself” has the power to include and omit what he wants.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband for his support and my gallery owner Cristina Gilda Artese who has believed in my work for 8 years.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? I would like to exhibit my work “Anima Urbis, Iter Perfectionis” a very articulated project on Santa Maria del Fiore (the cathedral of Florence) at the “Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo” in Florence, I would like to find a gallery of reference to the abroad and one in Turin, a city considered magical and therefore very much in line with my artistic research focused on esoteric and alchemical symbols. Among the artists, for a new project on nature, I would like to work with Roberto Ghezzi.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020?  I would like to meet the gallery owner Massimo Minini.

– Anima Floris – 2020 – from Silvia Serenari on Vimeo.

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? To “De profundis”, a project began in the “lockdown”, a kind of journey into the depths. In that period, with the impossibility of going out, I gave birth to an inner imaginative journey.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The passion that I put into my artistic research will never stop and will grow over the years.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 

Luca Swanz Andriolo, Cristina Gilda Artese, Francesca Candito, Claudio Catalano, Elisa Cella, Foschini/Iacomelli, Nadia Galbiati, Roberto Ghezzi, Cristiano Petrucci, Francesca Romana Pinzari,

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