The Heroine’s Journey of Francesca Zambon

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
To be able ro relax while I do it and when it gives a good feeling to others too.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
I think perfect happiness does not exist. Happiness is a fleeting thing, that’s why it’s so good.
What I think would make me happy is to feel recognized, appreciated, and loved. I think I want what most people do.

What is my greatest fear?
To end up alone in my old age, without anyone who loves me or takes care of me. Because I have Asperger’s and I am a very lonely person, that’s more than an a fleeting fear to me. I consider it a likely chance.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I think it’s envy. I have a hard time being happy for others when they achieve something.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
There are several, but one of them has to be Lorenzo Ceccotti (even though I am by no means a professional artist right now). He has so many different skills. He can go from comics and illustration to graphic design, animation, direction, pixel art and even music. If I could choose, I would like to branch into several different kinds of art like he does.

What is my greatest extravagance?
My very self. I appear ordinary, but I have many oddities and quirks, not all of them pleasant. My advantage is that in some situations I can think out of the box and disregard conventions and norms. Of course, a lot of people don’t like that.

On what occasion would I lie?
I strongly dislike to lie. I tend to tell the truth even when lying even just a little would make me better liked. But in order to avoid a bad confrontation or a stressful situation, I think I could lie.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
That I’m not as good at it as I would want to.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I hope that will be in the future.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
Ew. So many things I would not be myself anymore. But if I could get one wish, that would have to be getting rid of depression. It hinders me so much.

What is my greatest achievement in work?
Again, I hope that will be in the future.

Where would I most like to live?
The city I love the most is Venice, where I studied at university. But local politics are favoring tourists and driving away residents. It’s so sad.
Ideally, I would like to live on the outskirts of a fairly large city with lots of art and culture happening in it. That way I could avoid the chaos when I want to feel peaceful, but be close enough to take advantage of the opportunities there. I’d also like to be closer to at least a few of my friends. Most of them live far away.

What is my most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is my brain, despite how bad it works at times and the fact that it needs medication in order for me to function. But my cognitive abilities and my memories are all I have.
I own quite a few physical objects I am attached to, but I realized none of them can truly rid me of sadness when things aren’t all right.

What is my most marked characteristic?
I’m not sure, because I have a very hard time seeing myself from an external point of view. Perhaps it’s the fact that I see no point in doing something like everyone else does if it makes little sense to me. So I often will do things my way. That has a dear price, though.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
None, I guess. I live in a very small town that I dislike very much and which I always dreamed to leave.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Same as above. I wish I had a real Japanese restaurant like the one that was near my building when I lived in Frankfurt, but of course, those are only in large cities.

What books influenced my life and how?
All of them did, one way or another. Call of the Wild was my first novel at age 8. I can’t find that book anymore, but I still remember it so fondly.

Who are my favorite writers?
There are several. I love Mario Rigoni Stern, who wrote about the disastrous retreat from Russia during World War 2, but also about nature in the mountains around his native town, Asiago, not far from where I live. But he is by no means the only writer I admire, just one who is closest to some parts of my heart.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Peaceful music, mostly classical. Or maybe just silence. I just hope someone will care for me on that day.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
None in particular.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
I don’t idolize anyone. I learned that a person can be good in one way, and not very good in others. I prefer those people who show how deeply human they are. In my world, there are no heroes.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
There are movies that cut a deeper mark in my heart, but the one I think everybody should see at least once is Blade Runner.

What role plays art in my life and work?
It’s that thing that gave me a lot of heartbreak, but always comes back no matter how good I think I’m doing without it. If I’m feeling well enough, I’ll be doing some art, be it good or not. If I’m not doing art, it means it’s not a good moment in my life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
To this day I always have been my greatest sponsor.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
I’d love to host people who can talk about interesting topics on my Twitch channel.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
I’m not planning ahead. I hope I can do things that I will love and other people will love too, that’s what I’m looking forward to.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
I stream my art on Twitch on www.twitch.tv/francescazambunny
I have an Instagram profile at www.instagram.com/koshiatar
All of my recent works are there.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
In my special case it means that no matter what I do, I cannot stay forever without doing art. Before I began to do abstract art, I spent almost 2 years drawing hardly more than a single line. I thought I might never do art again. But in the end art surfaced again, as always.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Enrica Prazzoli, contemporary jewel maker. Find her at https://www.enricaprazzoli.com/
Enrica Fastuca, comic artist and illustrator. Find her at https://www.facebook.com/enrysart/ Contact her at enrycchan@gmail.com

How can you contact me?
Via mail, at koshiatar@gmail.com

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