The Heroine’s Journey of Debora Romei

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The joy I feel in moments of creation that allows me to live a dimension of myself and of particular time where nothing is missing. They are moments of perfection, full of energy.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? It is called Love, and it’s not the reflection of a God or a mirage of another life, my idea of happiness is to live love now in relation to what I create and more generally what I feel in my DNA in connection with the universe .
What is my greatest fear? To reach the end of my life regretting not to carry out the innate intent of my soul that for an artist also means to know how to handle a balance between creative time and concrete time.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I have many interests, Psychology, Philosophy, Mythologies, from DNA to synchronic events of Jung – Pauli, the entanglement of quantum physics, the practices of shamanic rituals etc. Sometimes I deplore all this that takes away physical time from my work in study.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I like the work of Ross Blekner and Mark Manders.
What is my greatest extravagance? From a professional point of view, a few years ago I chose to live far from the art system, in an isolated place. The place of origin of my ancestors, where I established a strong connection with my genetics, looking closely at the dynamics in family psychological structures, the embryo’s development up to microbiology and the electrons…
On what occasion would I lie? Every time you expect me to get a foregone answer in consequence I should lie.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? What I like the least about the craft of art is “an accident” between authentic and pretext in social relations among the insiders. Secondly, “an accident” in the making of the artist, the loss of pure intention that is at the origin of the work of art. Lastly my natural reactivity to both, because it distances me from the art system…
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I made paintings that I first understood in retrospect, but also when the organisers and the public lived this “incomprehensible” with me. The connection with the unconscious in my way of creating, often gives me the surprise factor.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I have a deep and intense temperament, I aspire to find that emptiness, the right distance from myself and others, that allows me not to be a slave to emotions… I would like to be in a few words “a little bit less of me”.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To have been chosen by the “Beni Culturali” Institute in the biennial of Emilia Romagna and to participate in the biennial of the Aegean representing Italy.
Where would I most like to live? Unlike where I live, in a multicultural city like New York or London.
What is my most treasured possession? My talent
What is my most marked characteristic? Wild inwardly and in my features…
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A rock two km from where I live. It’s called “Pietra di Bismantova”, it stands where once there was water, 150 m of vertical rock, flat on the summit, it seems a divine altar … We talk about it for suicide, UFOs and because there it should find the door to hell.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? “Il rifugio”. It’s a good restaurant at the foot of the Pietra di Bismantova where to drink good wine and where to bring friends artists for the great magnetic power that the place has.
What books influenced my life and how? I recognized myself in Melburne’s scribe and have decided I never want to be him in my life, in “The bucket rider” by F. Kafka for that need to fill my void and empty it by creating works, in the “Steppenwolf” by Hesse, in particular in that dance of love that I knew I would not have danced, in “Disgrace” by Coetzee because I live on the threshold between innocence and cynicism, and in “One hundred years of solitude” for the particular temporal dimension.
Who are my favorite writers? Italo Calvino and Franz Kafka
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
The 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphon – Allegretto.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Batman … because he has made his fear his strength
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Myself. I was able to be reborn and transformed and I see it as a heroic act.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Blue Velvet by David Lynch
What role plays art in my life and work? Essential, it is food and stimulation, sometimes when I create I am in dialogue with works of artists that I have admired, music, readings and contemporary dance feed happily my imagination, but my artistic streak remain distinct, I believe this because of my character in itself impregnated of the place where I live.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, complice? My twin who lives in limbo, in a state of coma because of an accident and a collector I do not want to name.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? With Massimo De Carlo – gallerist, Ross Blekner – artist, Emilio Mazzoli – gallerist. To imagine allows us to realize the projects…
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Ross Blekner, Greg Crawdson, Mark Manders.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? A study on the genome and on the DNA strings of a twins couple, in relation to the myths about the creation of the universe, in a personal exhibition of painting.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? For now in Instagram until a gallerist with recognized skills will enter into a feeling with my work and in consequence with me.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? In the face of pains of life and the obstacles in achieving your dreams and projects, passion instead of withdrawing shows itself as your greatest strength.


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