Alice Pasquini is an artist whose artwork is seen not only on urban surfaces and walls, but also in galleries and museums in more than one hundred different cities around the world. Alice travels continuously and her preferred canvases are city walls. The Roman artist, both a street artist and painter, as well as an illustrator and set designer, has developed different threads in her research, from narrating feminine vitality to manipulating the three-dimensional possibilities of her work. She moves from urban explorations to installations using found materials. Sydney, New York, Barcelona, Oslo, Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Marrakech, Berlin, Saigon, London, and Rome are some of the cities where her work can be found. Alice Pasquini graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and has lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. Alice has completed projects with international clients, such as Canon, Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, and Microsoft. Alice and her work have been featured in New York Times International, The Wall Street Journal, l’Espresso, Panorama, Vanity, and many other international publications. Please enjoy my interview with the exceptionally talented Alice Pasquini.
How do you describe your occupation?
I am an Artist. I have painted many big mural and small public interventions in numerous cities on all continents. In the studio I use found materials to create my artwork.
I am travelling most of the time, so each day is different, but you can always find me painting. When I am not travelling, I am preparing a show working in my studio in Rome, Italy.
What are you reading at the moment and what made you want to read it?
Mount Analogue by Renè Daumal. It was a present but now it’s been very inspiring for my next body of works.
Can you remember the first book you read by yourself?
My first, and favourite, book when I was little was the story of a family of bears.
Are you a page folder or a bookmarker?
Unfortunately, I’m a page folder.
If you could gift yourself books at age 16 and age 25 – what would they be and why?
The ones I read went very well! There were often about traveling and unique families. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Family Sayings by Natalia Ginzburg and Monsieur Malaussène by Daniel Pennac.
Did you demonstrate an affinity with art as a child?
Since I was very little. I always wanted to be a painter.
If you could invite 5 authors (dead or alive) to a dinner party – who would they be and why?
Charles Bukowski (to have few drinks), Oscar Wilde (to criticize other guests), Italo Calvino (because is my favorite), Jane Austen (I have questions to ask), Pablo Neruda (because we all need poetry).
What was the last book you purchased, and why did you buy it?
The selected correspondence of Louis-Ferdinand Céline. In general, letters reveal a side of the author’s personality that is generally muted in their novels.
What is your favourite thing about reading?
Learning new things and living many lives.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
The Neapolitan Novels. It’s a 4-part series by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante
If you could insert yourself into any book, which would you pick and why?
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, so I could travel on an old train.
Who would you say are the three artists that continue to inspire you?
Leonardo da Vinci, Marcel Duchamp and Keith Haring.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
I Ching: the Book of Changes. Important changes.
What two pieces of advice would you give a young aspiring artist?
Use your head! And read Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
Do you think there is a relationship between books and art?
Yes, creating universes.
Which book sat on your shelf are you most excited about reading next and why?
I have many books on my shelf. Some are new, others started, others abandoned. I’m looking to falling in love again without expectations.
If you’d like to learn more about Alice Pasquini you can find her on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
Image credit: Gloria Viggiani