Country of origin: Italy
In which Residency Program did you participate?
Sculpture, Installation and New Media Art, 2011
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I chose this residency program as it has really good visiting critics, field trips and, moreover, 24-hour access to your personal studio, an amazing media lab, and a very well equipped wood shop and metal shop. That was the perfect situation to concentrate and realize a serious number of new projects with different mediums and techniques.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The atmosphere was challenging and inspiring. I really enjoyed meeting so many professional artists from all over the world, going to openings in NYC together, talking about our work and helping each other to develop new projects.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
It was an important experience that helped me see things from a different angle. I was able to produce a big number of new works and came back home with a lot of new ideas on how to better develop my career. I have been asked to show the works I realized there in several exhibitions since the Summer Residency ended.
What's going on in your studio now?
I am working on my next solo show that will be held in Rome, and I am focusing on the theme of biological identity and the constant need of getting back in touch with nature.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
I spent every single day of the program working from 9am until midnight or later, and I enjoyed every single minute.