The Heroine’s Journey of Daniela Carletti

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I am a painter and sculptress and what I love most in my work is the sense of freedom I feel when I enter my atelier every day, which I can define as my “happy island” where, working in solitude and silence, I can get in touch with the deepest part of me.

What is my idea of happiness? It is exactly what I described in my previous answer.

What is my greatest fear? Losing my autonomy.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Surely the insecurity that blocks me in the moments when I should give the best of myself.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire artists who express their own identity and do not allow themselves to be influenced by ephemeral contemporary trends. One of my favorite artists is Anselm Kiefer.

What is my greatest extravagance? I don’t see any extravagance in me, I’m quite balanced. But perhaps we should ask those who know me!

On what occasion would I lie? If it can be compared to a lie, I tend to keep the truth from my neighbor when it can cause suffering and not solve the problem.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I love my job but what I don’t like is having to talk about it in front of an audience.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In 2013 I was invited by a Swiss curator living in Dubai to hold a solo exhibition in Abu Dhabi. On the day of the inauguration I had the surprise and the honor of receiving the visit of the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister accompanied by the Italian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the most important newspapers in Arabic and English have dedicated flattering articles to me. A beautiful period of participation in exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates has begun for me.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I wish I was less anxious and insecure.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Being able to follow a path of growth without the help of anyone, thanks to my commitment and passion.

Where would I most like to live? I live well in my beautiful city, Ferrara, one of the pearl of the Italian Renaissance, where today people live on a human scale.

What is my most treasured possession? I apologize for my immodesty, but thank God for my artistic talent.

What is my most marked characteristic? The search for harmony between people and also in all around me.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Artists are always influenced by where they live. I was born and still live in a plain city not far from the largest river in Italy and in the surroundings you can admire wide horizons, with a straight line that divides heaven and earth. This morphology of the environment has greatly influenced my work where you can see the pictorial and sculptural representation of natural and landscape elements.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I particularly like going to the restaurants that serve the fabulous dishes of the Ferrara tradition.

What books influenced my life and how? I am a somewhat messy and impromptu reader. However, I believe that all the books I have read so far have taught me something. I’ve always loved learning about the lives of artists by reading books, but also in cinema, like Julian Shnabel’s beautiful “Van Gogh”. Among the books written by artists, I enjoyed reading “Spirituality in Art” by Vasilij Kandisky. I also love the mystery books of George Simenon and Agata Christie and have recently read almost every book in Camilla Lackberg’s Fjallbacka series. In poetry I love Emily Dickinson, Giacomo Leopardi and Ranbinadrath Tagore.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The soundtrack of the film “Mission” composed by Ennio Morricone.

Who are my heroes or heroines in fiction? I don’t know…. I know excellent directors who have told stories of heroes and heroines. In particular Clint Eastwood, of whom I remember for example the film “Gran Torino”, in which he is not only a director but also a protagonist.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? A heroine of the past was undoubtedly Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653), a very skilled painter who established herself in Italy and in foreign courts, at a time when women were prohibited from entering the Academies of Art. She was a free and emancipated woman and led a tumultuous life in which she showed courage and determination.

Today I consider Giorgia Meloni a heroine who, in a nation where women struggle to conquer prestigious positions, she has become the first woman Head of Italian Government and who has shown intelligence, courage and competence in her life and in her political career.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I go to the cinema at least twice a week, because I love to see movies on the big screen, I have seen beautiful films but I cannot name them all, so I will name only one: Forrest Gump.

What role play stories in my life and work? More than stories, I am inspired by images and colors, which convey to me the emotions and sensations that then materialize in my work.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I think I am largely the builder of my life in overcoming the obstacles that strain my will.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Definitely my partner and my family.

Which people or companies would I like to work with? I would like to collaborate with important Art Galleries. For example Les Galeries Bartoux, a group with several offices around the world.

What project am I looking forward to work on? Soon I plan to participate in a group exhibition entitled “Portraits” in my city.

Where can you see me or my work?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The passion of an artist for her work never ends and not even disappointments can annihilate it because it is like an energy that magically renews itself day after day.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? Aurela Cuku, Mery Godigna Collet

How can you contact me? Email:

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