Drawing makes her free, and she believes that the real world is even more surreal than anything we can imagine. We talk with Italian artist Daniela Tieni so she can tell us more about her creations, full of detailed pieces taken from her deepest imagination – the way she expresses the world as she inhabits it. Freedom behind each stroke.
I can’t tell with precision. When I started my career in this profession, I tried to change what surrounded me by drawing, adding surreal details, changing the proportions of the characters and objects. It seemed interesting to create a world of my own. After all, the drawing makes you free. There are images and readings intrinsic within me that have contributed to this. Now I continue to play with reality, but I'm more interested in looking deeply at the world as it is, because it presents countless starting points.
I have many masters, there’s an unreachable list. But I understand the power of art from them every time. I love Louise Bourgeoise, the medieval painting, Félix Vallotton, Carver or Luigi Ghirri, just to name a few.
I believe that the real world is even crazier than the world we can imagine. When I look at what nature can do, for example, is hard for me to believe that perfection is real, the incredible shapes of things. So, it's not so strange to combine these two realities, if you think about it.
I believe that the images come to the heart and mind in many ways. Surely, receiving feedback from an illustration creates a bond with it. But they also work very slowly in us and, many times, we don’t even realise it.
Very bright and messy!
That's right, I have a product line of handmade jewelry. I love the antique markets and finding vintage items. Tartina is a project born from the passion for handicrafts, fashion, costumes, materials research and the revisiting of textiles, buttons and old papers. Most of the creations are unique pieces. I love this part of my job: it forces me to use my creativity in a different way, and I think this is good for the rest of my time – especially when I’m drawing.
Yes, I do. I would like to start other collaborations in the world of fashion and textiles, and I have a project that I would like to develop in this direction.
I have no great difficulty in moving from a project for adults to a book for children. I like and enjoy both equally. When I’m drawing for children, I must find visual, smart and delicate solutions. It's really funny to me.
I like to stay in my refuge, in my nest. I completely understand this kind of feeling.
It makes me happy, of course. It's nice when through your work you can communicate a message to many people. It is also a responsibility.
This is a difficult question! Perhaps an illustration from my last project, “Affinché possano fiorire": it is a reflection of violence against women. It is the sixth in the series, the one with the unicorn. Here, the woman feels far from everything, as if she were a rare beast. And it’s a time of pain, but at the same time also a step in a process of reconstruction and rebirth.