The Heroine’s Journey of Gaia Bernasconi

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  I love being able to talk, tell stories, worlds, fantastic reality through what I can do with my hands. Whether it is an illustration, an embroidery, a sculpture, a tattoo, a mural, the support is indifferent for me because I love all these techniques and I can make them my own despite the technical and practical differences between them.<

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I do not know what happiness is and if it can be defined, but surely what fills me with life, light and energy, is that moment when a creative idea is born and the urgent need to see it realized. Feel that the mental image comes to life slowly shaped by the hand and the thought

What is my greatest fear? my fear and not being able to have the time to realize all things, projects that I have in mind

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? the parts that most hate of me characterize are certainly sensitivity, being fragile, emotional and transparent. As for my appearance I would say everything, I do not feel like looking outside what I have internally, so I gave life to these masks inspired by fantasy animals. Because I feel much more comfortable in the garments of an animal than a human woman.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? well definitely a great source of inspiration for me and ‘jodorowsky, other artists that I admire are Stefano Ricci, Gianluigi toccafondo , Erica e il cane and blu.
What is my greatest extravagance? I think that my external extravagance is perceived by my exterior as well as my appearance, delicate white skin, do not let me imagine that most of my skin is decorated with dark ink that tells the important episodes of my life
On what occasion would I lie? I do not like to lie because this triggers the mechanism of guilt and I do not use it. The only reason why I saw myself forced to do so is if my freedom was at stake.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? at this moment what I do not like is having to work under the commission for the fashion world. Being an artist in Italy today is very complicated and the possibility of having an economic stability through the sale of their creations is really very difficult and only a few succeed. Currently I am forced to make available the manual skills I possess without being able to retain anything of my artistic personality and this has become frustrating and very tiring in the long run because the times are very tight.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? What makes me absolutely happy about my work is the creation of masks in which I can really feel myself in my nature and essence. Nature human / animal contact / ancestral mythology / instinct.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I believe that if I could change something about myself I would like more self-esteem and safety. I would like to be able to be more “light”, less reflective, deep, individualistic and responsible. I would like to do things even instinctively without always having a conscience that pulls the handbrake making me feel perpetually guilty or unworthy.
What is my greatest achievement in work?  I think I’m still young to be able to say what my greatest success was. Surely my greatest joy was the opening of the artistic workshop and the ISOÍ project (“life” from the modern Greek) 4 years ago.
Where would I most like to live in Italy? Surely if I could choose a place to live would not be in Italy but in a Greek island with the name of ITHACA, being the question addressed to Italy then I would say Naples or Palermo or sant’arcangelo di Romagna.
What is my most treasured possession? My most precious treasures are Noha, the red cat, the books and the bicycle.
What is my most marked characteristic? My most precious treasures are Noha, the red cat, the books and the bicycle.
What is my most inspirational location in Italy? I am originally from Bologna but for almost 10 years I have chosen to stay in Milan, a city that at the moment in Italy I think is the most similar to other European capitals in terms of quality and quantity of services offered to citizens.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink in Italy? surely if I had to choose a place that I would like to visit for its cuisine would be Campania or Puglia.
What books in italian literature influenced my life and how? I believe that the Italian book that most marked my growth is the baron of Italo Calvino, the stories on the phone by Gianni Rodari and the books by Bruno Munari.
Who are my favorite italian artists? The female Artist Maria Lai
You Only Die Once. What music from Italy would I listen on my last day? music would perhaps be the greatest lack in the afterlife. Marlene Kuntz, cccp, Giorgio canali ,il teatro degli orrori ,le luci della centrale elettrica,Lucio Battisti, brunori sas, Giorgio poi.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? the invisible boy
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Louise bourgeois and Frida Kahlo
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? once my grandmother used to say she was my number one fan. unfortunately now she is not there anymore but I can still feel her strength in my hands. now the person who supported me and with whom I started ISOI is my partner Daniele Desperati.
Which italian movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The postman di Massimo Troisi
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is pure oxygen, something that is essential and necessary as a need to breathe
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work for a theater company and take care of the set design, costumes and masks
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?  tarmasz and mister finch
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? for 2018 there are several projects at stake that I can not wait to work on. Designing and designing a collection for Cargo Hi-tech (an Italian brand of furniture items) Make a work of street art in Palermo. And the realization of a work / installation entirely of paper located in the interior of two old glass bells
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? the ISOÍ laboratory is located in Milan in the corner between via Ascanio sforza (Pavese naviglio) and via Torricelli or you can visit the websites or and the related Facebook and instagram pages
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? let’s say that there are moments in life where great pains risk to move away or break away from the passions, because there are other priorities, but I agree, in the end if they are passions by necessity they return and stronger than before.
Which passionate professionals working in Italy should Peter invite to tell their story? Johnny cobalto, Elisa talentino, Elena fregni, Eleonora bonanzinga, lucille, Elisabetta bianchi, la fille de bertha, elenia Beretta, crete piece unique.
How can you contact me?
– if someone is interested in contacting me you can write me on my FB or Instagram page, you can find me as Gaia Bernasconi or at my email address

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