The Heroine’s Journey of Marie – Luise Mandolini

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Self improvement. Every work I do, it gives me the incentive to improve myself and it is always a new challenge. If I then find good results, the satisfactions are not long in coming.

What is my idea of happiness? Happiness‘ is being aware of belonging to a comfortable place. This awareness of being well integrated satisfies you and stimulates your creativity.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is the inability to do or create something. Losing the ability to do the things I care about most, preventing myself from being me.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The trait that I most deplore in myself is my inability to open up to people. When I meet someone with whom I am not familiar, I automatically withdraw into myself and it is really difficult for me to confide in them, at least in the beginning.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? To be honest, there isn’t a person I admire more than ever. I admire and respect those who engage in this activity with passion and give everything.

What is my greatest extravagance? My greatest extravagance is to allow myself an aperitif in good company at dusk with a splendid view of the sea in the background.

On what occasion would I lie? I would not like to tell or receive lies. But I’m willing to compromise to protect the ones I love.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The thing I hate most about my job is the lack of creativity. those dark times when you have no inspiration and can’t move forward. That times are really nerve-wracking.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In my work, I was the happiest when I was in Tunisia. On that occasion I met many artists of various ethnic groups and I was able to compare myself with other perspectives and different points of view.

If I could, what would I change about myself? If I could, I would change my lack of confidence in my abilities. This aspect emerges above all when I confront with other artists.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My last job that I made for the “Chiaroscuro” association along the waterfront wall on the beach. That was my highest level achieved so far.

Where would I most like to live? In the last 10 years I have managed to live where I have always dreamed of: in Italy, near the sea.

What is my most treasured possession? Maybe it will be a cliché but my most treasured “possession” is my only son.

What is my most marked characteristic? My most marked characteristic is the fussiness. I consider myself a very fussy person when it comes to my work. regarding this I always try to improve myself.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In my city, the most inspirational location is the beach. I love the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. They reconcile my tranquility, allowing my creativity to emerge.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? In my city there is a characteristic restaurant that allows you to taste its excellent seafood dishes directly on the sand, letting yourself be lulled by the symphony of the sea.

What books influenced my life and how? The book that inspired me the most Is Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann. The book compares the life of Gauss the mathematician and the noble Humboldt, highlighting their contribution to the world despite having lived virtually opposite lives.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? On my last day I want to hear something that brings back happy memories. so I want to laugh out loud.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Sean Mcguire, played by Robin Williams, in the movie Will Hunting. He managed to grasp that Will, under that hard shell, is a genius. so, he intrades it to let this talent blossom.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? in everyday life, the real heroes are those people who constantly fight for the love of their family. they do not give up in the face of the various difficulties that life puts before us and continue with a beautiful smile on their faces.
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Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The film I would recommend to see at least once in a lifetime is Schindler’s List. Only by knowing the past can we make progress towards the future.

What role play stories in my life and work? The stories and daily events are reflected in my work as an artist. I like to think that my work is the scenario in which I transpose the events of my life.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I confirm it. I am the storyteller of my life story.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My greatest „partner in crime“ is my friend Cristina. She is the only one able to drag me out of my shell to explore new scenarios, from which I then draw inspiration for my works.
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Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021? I’d like to work with Karoline Jung, Tamara Fround, Igor Kabìc, Giulia Caminada, Stefania Cappuccini, Sé Van Weert, Nevernka Pavic, Ketty Perrone.
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What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on? I’m looking forward to work on my next project, but but it’s still a rough draft so I won’t talk about it before I have a clear idea. I can only say that it is ambitious.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021? You can admire my works on the waterfront wall on the beach of the city where I live.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? What can I say? At my age, I don’t know about retirement. Therefore the passion always drags me straight towards my goal.

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