BRAVE ENOUGH TO DARE: IN CONVERSATION WITH FRANCESCA SACCHI TOMMASI

FRANCESCA SACCHI TOMMASI Photo Credit: Gabriele Rigon

After attending the Koefia Academy of High Fashion in Rome, a brief stint organising fashions shows in Milan – Prada and Fendi amongst others – and working in art galleries in Positano, Francesca Sacchi Tommasi returned to her roots with the opening of Etra Studio Tommasi in Florence, an art space located in what used to be her grandfather’s studio. In this interview, she talks about beauty, passion and purpose, and why art is in her DNA. (Main photo by Gabriele Rigon, Black and Red Bracelet by Gaetano Pesce, Marble Eyewear…

NORDIC BAUHAUS MEETS RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE: AN INTERVIEW WITH TUOMAS KORKALO

DRAMAATTINEN SOMMITELMA - TUOMAS KORKALO

AS: Tell me a little bit more about your involvement with the Oranki Art Environmental Park in Pello. TK: The Oranki Art Park project was conceived in 2001 with four friends. One of them owns the plot of land occupied by the park. Since we already spent a lot of time there in summer, we thought it would be a good idea to invite a few friends over and work at some site-specific art installations. At the time this was just an occasion to get together, enjoy each other’s company…

TEN QUESTIONS TO … WENDY BAILEY

RED LADY - WENDY BAILEY

AS: Wendy, when we were first introduced, you were working in PR, could you please give me a brief summary of your career? WB: When I was 16, I ran away from my all girls convent school, the Ursuline Grammar School in Brentwood. I changed out of my school uniform in the High Street toilets and into jeans and jumper. I studied Drama Performance – because I wanted to be an actor. I also took Art – for theatre design and because I loved it. My first job was as…

TEN QUESTIONS TO … CONSTANCE MACQUEEN

AS: We have just seen your paintings at the annual University of Brighton BA Fine Art Painting degree show. How has your style developed since you started university? CMQ: The most noticeable development lies in the specific process of creating my works. Nowadays I am concentrating on the formal elements of painting rather than the subject I am portraying. This has helped me gain a more mature painting style which is always pushing my technical abilities rather than the subject. Technically I strive to push paintings to the point of losing them, which is extremely scary and has made me…

IF IT DOES NOT KILL YOU, IT FATTENS YOU – ROBERTO CAMBI

SE NON AMMAZZA, INGRASSA - ROBERTO CAMBI

RESTROSPECTIVE – PART 4 Roberto Cambi’s new piece, the aptly named ‘Se non ammazza, ingrassa’ (if it does not kill you, it fattens you), debuted at ‘Parole, Cibo, Ceramica – viaggio tra mondi trasversali’ at the Spazio Nibe in Milan. The exhibition explored the connections between food and literature through the medium of ceramic. The artist was inspired to create the Tintin-esque figure after reading ‘Il Manifesto della Cucina Futurista’ by Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti and Fillia – a collection of thoughts, beliefs and ideas about the future of gastronomy, first…

IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME – ROBERTO CAMBI

It's only a matter of time, Roberto Cambi

RETROSPECTIVE – PART 3 The body of work for “It’s only a matter of time” was first displayed at the Ex. Macello, a former slaughterhouse, in Padua in 2013 for the exhibition “Futuro Anteriore”. Whilst walking the corridor created by the installation, visitors were enveloped by the sound of crashing waves and met by a real goldfish in a bowl suspended in the air. This work of Roberto Cambi then moved to the exhibition “9th International Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice in 2015 with a different configuration to suit the…