The Heroine’s Journey of Rossana Taormina

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The thing I like best about my work is waking up every morning happy to do what I do. I’m always eager to start work on an art work or project

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness for me is trusting your dreams and having faith in your ability, in spite of everything

What is my greatest fear? to become a burden to others

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? too much empathy for people, animals, plants, objects …

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? In general all people who have a profound intellectual honesty

What is my greatest extravagance? I love fancy necklaces, made with unusual materials

On what occasion would I lie? I only lie when I realize that telling the truth is useless or cruel

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I have often had the impression that it isn’t considered a real job. It is time we realize that art is a profession which should be granted the same dignity as other professions

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? That’s a hard question because I’m always so glad in my work. Maybe my first exhibition in USA, in 2015

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would not change anything because I think that one’s personal identity is the result of a delicate balance between merits and defects

What is my greatest achievement in work? The freedom to explore all possible routes of artistic practice while remaining loyal to myself

Where would I most like to live? I love Palermo, but I’d love to live in Paris, New York or London for a few years knowing that one day I’ll go back home to stay on the little hill where I was born, in the Belice valley

What is my most treasured possession? My family

What is my most marked characteristic? A stubborn faith in the future

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Undoubtedly the flea market. I’d say it’s the place where my work starts. Here, while I am surrounded by second-hand things I can suddenly see a work of art “hidden” inside in a ordinary object

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Actually, my favourite place to eat and drink isn’t in my city. I really love a little restaurant in Selinunte. It’s a magical place with a superb view of the sea. I have liked it ever since I was little

What books influenced my life and how? One work is Invisible cities by Italo Calvino. The cities, the maps, the feeling of disorientation, the very concept of space that have become the subject of my artistic research. Another important book is The Odyssey. What I loved about the work was the protagonist’s urge to go away and the need to come back home: it’s the story of my life. And of course my collections of picture books from my childhood. My imagination was strongly influenced by the illustrations in those books

Who are my favorite writers? Dino Buzzati, Sylvia Plath, Banana Yoshimoto, Murakami Haruki, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tennessee Williams … I especially love the poems by Wislawa Szymborska and I also enjoy nonfiction literature

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? Italian music: hit parade 1978

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Miss Marple, I would have liked to be her best friend

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Ordinary people working to solve everyday problems

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Una pura formalità (1994), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

What role does art play in my life and work? My particular anxieties and my disorganized thoughts find order and harmony in art

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

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work in galleries and institutions abroad. I’d like to broaden my horizons and consider different viewpoints and have new stories to tell

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Professional artists who can give me the opportunity to grow.I would like to be all that I can be

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Currently I’m working on old fabrics, some of these have been woven by the women of my family. This project is a reflection on the identity ( the gender one, the geographical one and the generational one ) and on how emotions and family memory change shape through time

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Nuvole Galleria – contemporary art gallery, Palermo Quam (Quadrerie del Monastero) – contemporary art gallery, Scicli

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It’s all that I hope for

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Giovanna Brogna Sonnino – film director and photographer
Rita Casdia – artist
Marilina Marchica – artist
Maria Grosso – journalist

How can you contact me?

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