The Heroine’s Journey of Martina Bliss

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

Connecting with extraordinary humans and creatives

What is my idea of happiness?

Get up in the morning and look at the sea

What is my greatest fear?

Living a worthless life

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Inconstancy and lack of attention

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I have the luck of meeting so many creatives everyday. It’s a really hard choice

What is my greatest extravagance?

My ability to put myself perfectly in other people’s shoes and a rich collection of hoop earrings

On what occasion would I lie?

To sweeten reality

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

When compromises destroy a good idea

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

The launch of the first printed magazine of Artwort (www.artwort.com) or when, together with my friends from Coconut Studio (www.coconutstudio.it), we rented a physical space to work together and our first big commission arrived

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Insecurity

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Having pursued my passions and turning them into a job

Where would I most like to live?

Copenhagen, favorite place in the world

What is my most treasured possession?

My empathy

What is my most marked characteristic?

My unconditional generosity

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I live in Milan but the city i feel i belong to is my hometown, Napoli. Every corner there is a source of inspiration for me

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

My grandmother’s house

What books influenced my life and how?

If I have to choose I’d say Le Spleen de Paris – Baudelaire and Die Leiden des jungen Werthers – Goethe two books that shaped the young me

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

Short playlist for my last moments on earth:

Chancha via Circuito – Josè Larralde

De Frank Professionals – Afe Ato Yen Bio

Devendra Banhart – Santa Maria De Feira

Sparring Partner – Paolo Conte

Garota de Ipanema – Moraes and Jobim

Forget me not – Thieves Like Us

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Louise from Thelma and Louise

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother, a self-made woman, the bravest and most tenacious human being I know and my partner who is the most loving, determined and feminist person I’ve ever met. And Tina Fey, of course.

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

Passione by John Turturro

Bonus movie: La Science des rêves

What role plays art in my life and work?

I would say the most central role: I work with art, communicate with art and make money with art

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

That we decide our story with our choices and our attitude

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

Definitely my partner who can see my potential even before I know it. He is my personal cheerleader and my natural anxiolytic

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

Jessica Walsh, Hassan Rahim, Michele Genghi, Jesper Elg

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

Potentially, all the people out there

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

It is still super secret but this is a good time to say it loud. I’m going to work to the second ife of my magazine Artwort that will turn into a digital art gallery

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

My personal space on the www (www.martinabliss.com)

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

As long as you are passionate, you are alive

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Laura Malaterra, writer and theatre actress

Jihane Ferdaoussi, artist

Carmela de Filippo, designer

Serena Salerno, photographer

Julia van der Meer, gallerist

Anna Magni, graphic designer

How can you contact me?

martinabliss@gmail.com

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