The Heroine’s Journey of Cetti Tumminia

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Bring me forward in life for what I really am and desire.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

To create art and see the world.

What is my greatest fear?

Failure of any kind. I address every aspect of my life with great commitment.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Preciseness when it becomes obsessive.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

It’s amazing how many of the artists I esteem are either my peers or even younger. It’s very stimulating to me. There are so many that I can’t mention them all so I’ll choose 10 in random order: Elisa Anfuso, Adriano Fida, JAGO, Roberto Ferri, Silvio Porzionato, Marco Grassi, Emanuele Dascanio, Giuseppe Gradella, Gabriel Moreno, Jeremy Geddes.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I have none. It’s possible, don’t you think?

On what occasion would I lie?

I still have to learn to lie.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The uncertainty of tomorrow.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

When I intimately feel that I have done well.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

My strong self-criticism.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Whenever I achieve a small goal, I think to myself that I should do better and that I haven’t done enough. I don’t know if my character will ever lead me to feel completely satisfied.

Where would I most like to live?

I often dream of living in America, above all in moments of despair or discouragement. Sometimes I just want to run away …

What is my most treasured possession?

My children.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My tenacity in constant struggle with my insecurity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Wherever there is a endless sky filled with clouds, whether they are white or black, it doesn’t matter.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

It’s impossible to choose: I live in Emilia Romagna (Italy).

What books influenced my life and how?

I’m a terrible reader … I have a strange illness: I can’t cut out time for something other than my children and my art and after dealing with both, I’m extremely exhausted. I read the same 3 lines several times over and then fall asleep. Despite everything I continue to buy books with the hope of healing, sooner or later.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“Forever for now” by LP (Laura Pergolizzi).

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Obviously Wonder Woman.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Those who struggle every day for survival: we should all be able to live, not survive.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The Danish girl.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is fundamental to me. It is a physiological need like eating or drinking or sleeping, but being both a mother and an artist requires me to include it with equilibrium so that priority is given to my children.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My greatest supporters are, above all, my husband and my mother though every person who believes in me, perhaps unknowingly, gives me great strength to keep going.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

With honest, serious and passionate curators.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

I couldn’t miss a conference organized with all the artists I respect. Listening to their life stories, in person, would be a dream for me. In Italy it’s difficult to have a sense of achievement in art. The words of those who have succeeded thanks to their abilities alone, would inspire greater hope.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

I am enthusiastic about every new project I face. Every work of mine comes from deep within: it’s exciting to imagine it and see it take shape.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

To keep up to date with my creations and events, you can consult my website and social media pages. To see some of my works in person, several dates have already been scheduled:

September 8th: 2018 Marchionni Award Finalists Touring Exhibition /Palazzo del Collegio Raffaello/Urbino/Italy

September 8th-15th: Michele Cea Award III Edition – Con la luce negli occhi/ex Fornace Gola/Milano/Italy

September 15th-23rd: Third Festival of Figurative and Hyperrealism Art Premio Marco Nocchia/Cittadella della Musica/Civitavecchia/Italy

September 29th: 2018 Marchionni Award Finalists Touring Exhibition /Museo Cà La Ghironda/Bologna/Italy

October 13th: 2018 Marchionni Award Finalists Touring Exhibition /Porto Cervo/Italy

October 31st–November 4th: Paratissima Art Fair/Caserma La Marmora/Torino/Italy

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

We would be useless without passion: dead flesh.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Alice Padovani, Federica Poletti e Laura Turrini.

How can you contact me?


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