SF: I don’t really know where to put it. I would describe my style as simple and direct. I like to talk about things that happen in our everyday life from the point of view of a woman that is always talking to her inner child.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
SF: I get it from everything, all the things that happen on the day, from the morning coffee to a mosquito bite, but what really inspires me the most are my insecurities and fears, I guess because I need to get them out of my system.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
SF: When I get the idea of doing something I have to be fast, because I change my mind really fast and maybe in a week I won’t like the idea anymore. So, the first step is to doodle the idea fast on the first paper I find and then make it real, and work until I finish.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
SF: Yes. Usually when people tell me they like what I do they tell me they love the way I represent women, a little fat, happy and careless. I would like women to feel better and secure when they see my artwork, I would like them to feel free, free of the pressure society puts on us everyday….
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
SF: I draw a lot. When I’m not traveling I’m usually at home drawing and planing new projects and when I go out I always take a notebook with me just in case I have a new idea.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
SF: I think both. For me works a lot acting on impulse, specially when I’m making a mural. I start with a basic idea but I’m not afraid of changing it as I work. I like feeling free of doing what I want and as the drawing is asking me to do. When I think and plan too much things, I get stuck.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
SF: That you need to be sincere to yourself if you want your work to be real and to get to others. When we are not honest with ourselves that shows on our work, and it is not a good thing.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
SF: I think it is important for each artists work. Their style and taste is what will make others identify and recognize what they do.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
SF: Maybe the fact that I don’t have a stable income and that I’m always working, but this last one is actually my choice because drawing is my work and my passion, so maybe it is not so hard.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
SF: I can express myself through drawing. I usually have a hard time with words but when I draw I undress myself and I’m happy like that. I can show my real self without feeling the pressure I feel when I speak.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
SF: A lot of them, and it is always hard to pick one. Today I will say Kees Van Dongen and Ludwig Kirchner. I love both of them.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
SF: I think it is very useful, at least for myself it has been important. With social networks we can get to a lot of people that without them would have been impossible. So I think it is a great tool to get to show your work.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
SF: Maybe that urge to express myself makes me see the world and pay more attention to the little details than the whole picture. I get distracted easily and it is because this world is so full of things that how can I pay attention to only one thing at a time.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
SF: Yes, I love traveling. I don’t know which one is my favorite city because each city has something I like. It is very hard to say. I love cities close to the sea, the decadence of the cities of Sicily like Palermo. Madrid is a city that is part of myself now, so I guess Madrid is one of my favorite cities, Lyon, Lecce, so many.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
SF: I love Julio Cortázar, he can’t stop surprising me. Rayuela, (Hopscotch) is one of my favorite books. Gabriel García Márquez and 100 Years of Solitude.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
SF: Keep creating, I have a lot of plans and lots of work to do: fanzines, more murals/walls, exhibitions, a children book….
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
SF: It means almost everything. It is the way I have to express myself and communicate with others, it is my work and it is my hope when I don’t feel well. It’s my passion and it makes me happy.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
SF: The process of finding myself made me connect to others.
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