The Heroine’s Journey of Silvia Trappa

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The time. The freedom to manage the time is one of most precious things today.

What is my idea of happiness?

To work in a studio with a beautiful light. Travel and learn. Breath and close my eyes in front on a beautiful landscape.

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What is my greatest fear?

To get stuck.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?


Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Anish Kapoor, Sophie Calle, Shilpa Gupta, and the italian sculptors Aron Demetz and Andreas Senoner.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I use to sing imaginary songs and I talk with my sculptures.

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On what occasion would I lie?

Only when the truth could hurt someone, but usually I don’t like to lie.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

To be an artist today means to spend a lot of time on administrative stuff, and I really don’t like it.

Another hard thing for me is that sometimes I have to say no.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Every time that I have been in Japan. There I have got the proof that I can have a deep communication just through my work.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

To be more flexible.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

To make the people think through beauty.

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Where would I most like to live?

Years after years I realize how lucky I’m to live in Italy, and how inspiring it is.

Anyway Japan is always in my heart.

What is my most treasured possession?

My black cat, Mosè.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Empathy and to be well balanced.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The Church of Sant’Agata and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Brescia.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I like the old district called Carmine, which is full of cozy bars and restaurants.

What books influenced my life and how?

Fantasia by Bruno Munari. Through this book I approached the educational method of this artist and I started to make art workshops for children.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The sound of Nature, lying in a forest.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Bradamante, the knight heroin of the epic poem Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother is my personal heroine. At large every single person who fight for the Human Rights and gender equality. Considering what happens in the world we shouldn’t continue to take these rights for granted.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

La cinquiéme saison by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is always around me: it’s my passion, my work, my partner is an artist and almost all my closed friends are artists too.

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What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

Truer words. The way you look at things can change the way you deal with them.

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

My soul mate. My mom.

Cristina Artese, gallery owner of Gilda Contemporary Art Milano and my friend and curator Sophie Cavaliero.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020?

For 2020 maybe is too late, but for 2021 I would like to make a project with Hiroko Ohtsuki.

We’ve met in Tamashima (Japan) during an art residence and I really admire her and her project IDEA R LAB & Material Library. It’s the dream for everyone who works whit education and recycling.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020?

Nobody in particular, but I would like to start new collaboration abroad, especially with gallery in Europe and Asia.

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?

Since the quarantine I’m working with two others authors on a children’s book that talks about diversity. It is the first time I’m working in team for an illustrated book, it have been really interesting and I can’t wait to see it published.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?

On November I will be part of something special in Brescia. Then I hope to start again with the presentations of my first book “Hold Me” published by Iki Edition in the end of 2019.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Truer words again! My mind never stops and never gets a holiday.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Sophie Cavaliero, Beatrice Faedi, Anna Ghilardi, Elena Monzo, Stefania D’Amato, Chiara Abastanotti.

How can you contact me?

On my website and on my Instagram

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