VIEW IN MY ROOM
I made this artwork in December 2019, few days after moving back to Italy after almost 3 years in London. Visiting Ravello, my boyfriend's hometown, was magical, as I would look at it with fresh eyes, seeing it like an old friend and, at the same time, like I was a foreigner, here on holiday. I made this artwork on the spot, while drinking an espresso and chatting with the people that would stop to say Sitting in piazza (main square) is such an important part in Italian lifestyle, especially in small towns. Add to that the fact that Ravello has also a glamorous side to it, being the retreat for many glitterati. Apparently Humphrey Bogart used to sit at this cafè, when he was in Ravello for the shooting of Beat the Devil, in 1953, that's why one of the rooms here is called Humphrey's room. Apart from that, I like this place because it sits in a corner of the piazza, giving you the chance to look at the piazza almost in its entirety. I used Sennelier oil pastels, which have been my favourite since a long time now. Their history is so fascinating: They have been invented for Pablo Picasso and it is very exciting to think about that every time I use them. I hope this bright, colorful artwork will transport you to an Italian piazza, surrounded by the sounds of festive season. This, like all the artworks from this series, has been sealed with fixative spray, nonetheless I advise to frame it with a glass to protect it from dust.
Drawing:oil pastel on Paper
Size:11.7 W x 16.5 H x 0 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
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"Mary Cinque is an Italian painter, graphic designer and blogger working and living in the Amalfi Coast. Her works – joyful, bright, colourful painting and drawings – are inspired by this place, as well as her heritage, background and travels. Mary spent her childhood between Italy and Ethiopia. Before moving back to the Amalfi Coast in 2019, she has lived in Naples and Milan, where she attended academies of fine art; and Philadelphia, New York and London where she improved her artistic skills and style. Alongside making art, she works as an illustrator and graphic designer, collaborating with selected brands, working on artistic commissions such as illustrations, labels and showroom design. Cinque’s art develops themes connected with what makes us essentially humans: our habitat – the buildings, the streets, the cities – our bodies, what we eat and how we socialise. Art, in Mary’s paintings, becomes a powerful instrument of philosophical investigation which reveals who we really are by questioning our habits, observing those characteristic traits we share as a species, often without realising it. The artist looks at human beings from a different perspective, making interesting and significant what can seem normal or banal to us in our everyday life: the buildings that populate our cities, the streets we walk, people sitting across our table at a café, strangers on the bus. In this nutshell interview by Giulia Corti, Mary Cinque explores some of the most relevant aspects of her art and reflects on how it offers an intriguing and informative perspective about the way we live as human animals. Mary, your art is colourful and vivid, it mixes human and urban subjects by making use of various techniques (oil painting; pastel drawing, markers, “digital” drawing, print-making etc.) and materials (canvasses, magazine pages, an I-pad screen). How do you choose the means with which to develop an artwork and how do the different materials and techniques influence what you want to convey, if they do? Different subjects call for different techniques. Buildings and urbanscape are always acrylic on canvas, while I prefer to depict people using a quicker, immediate approach, like the one that I can get with markers and oil pastels or digital painting. By looking at the main themes of your art, it is possible to notice what seems to be a tension. On one hand, you portrayed the stillness and artificiality of urban landscapes and buildings (e.g.
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