The Heroine’s Journey of Veronica Merlo

What is the best thing that I love about my work? With my drawings I can fight my introversion, my insecurity and show what I really am. I can express what I need to throw out and, at the same time, know a lot of people and their opinion. I learn a lot and I love that.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? To live doing art without limits, with the possibility to know and talk with people every day, being close to the people I love. White paper, new canvas, a pack full of pens to use. And traveling, traveling a lot.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest terror is the uncommunicability, the loss of dialogue: to know I cannot comunicate with the people around me.When you just want to explain what’s in your mind or discuss and talk about what you’re thinking, but the other person doesn’t listen or understand what you mean and laugh or get angry for nothing (unfortunately television is a good example of this). I always thought that the perfect image of this fear of mine is a big and angry barking dog.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I frequently think of too many things togheter and for that sometimes I’m so distract…therefore I’m always afraid to offend someone. I would like to be more extroverted, I envy who’s able to talk with facility to everyone.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? At first who I know personally: some teachers I had that are also great artists and do their job with passion. I admire Jason de Caires Taylor: he is a british sculptor that installs sculptures underwater to help defend and preserve marine life. He is also an underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor. I got to know his job searching for ‘underwater’ pictures on the web many years ago and I think it’s an amazing project, so near to nature, modest and beautiful to see. I love when people try to do something useful not just for themselves, so he is like a symbol of who I respect.

What is my greatest extravagance? To be a dreamer, I guess. Most of the people think that ‘dream’ when you’re adult is a loss of rationality. I think you must dream and listen to your unconscious if you want to live happily. I used to be very shy, pretty scared about explaining myself… now if I see something beautiful I just stare at it as long as I want, if I want to take off my shoes and walk with my feet on the ground I just do it.

On what occasion would I lie? Only if I know it would be the best thing to do to defend the happiness of another person. But I learned that lies become monsters inside of you, so it’s better the truth anyway.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Depending on time, because we can’t control the creative ideas: sometimes I would like to have the power to stop and think just at one idea at a time (and to sleep more).

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? A lot of times, expecially when people ask me about my paintings and tell me their impressions, cause it’s always a curious exchange. Real happiness for me was when for the first time I held in hand a vinyl printed with my artworks, after months of ideas. It was last summer in Montebelluna (Treviso), in front of a cocktail bar, with the stunning band Serpe In Seno.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My bad memory, totally.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Thanks to art I found my reason for living, my path. The ideas are always too many and often confused, but I know what I want.

Where would I most like to live? A quiet and warm place in front of the sea, but with italian woods and mountains around, like those I use to go walking.

What is my most treasured possession? Ideas growing continuously, fantasy.

What is my most marked characteristic? Willpower, I think.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The woods around my house and the little waterfall we have in my village.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? 2 di picche rock bar, where I can drink, talk and feel like home. To eat (and drink as well) I choose amazing pizza + live music at Punky Reggae Pub!

What books influenced my life and how? The first that comes up in my mind is “Psychomagic” by Alejandro Jodorowsky: he expresses a way of life very poetic and unconventional. I think his ideas should be followed as the base for a ‘crazy’, happy life.

Who are my favorite writers? Pirandello, Oscar Wilde, Glenn Cooper, J. K. Rowling

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Music to dance with: from Rockabilly to 80s – 90s trash music… my last day should be the greatest and funniest dance I will have.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction – I can’t really choose between Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks and Chewebacca.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Those who are positive no matter what it happens, and understand that a smile can change a lot of things.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Samsara (2011), to meditate.

What role plays art in my life and work? THE role. Art is my life and my work.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My sister, without doubts! She is one of the reasons I got confident with my drawings at the beginning. Five years ago I wanted to give a drawing to a person who still means a lot for me, but I was insecure. I was wondering if it could have been a nice gift and I asked her. She just said to me: «Are you crazy? It’s cool!». Then he told me the same thing. Thank you Eli.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  Other crazy and talented people, like those with whom I’ve worked in these years.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018- 2019?  I will be in another country for few months for an internship, so I hope to meet other artists and to know their culture.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  I still have many projects and all fascinating! The one I prefer is about the illustration of a book. And the internship, I’m looking forward to it.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?  In my website or in my facebook page:

What do the words Passion Never Retires mean to me? Everything I learned in the past years: if you follow your passions you’ll never regret anything. If you don’t, you will never be entirely happy.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?  ‘My mermaids’ Phuong Ong, Ester Chilese and Daniela Perissinotto!

How can you contact me? Through Thank you for reading and following my work!

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