“An Artist is who makes something beautiful, creative …And he must have an infinite passion to keep going even in the darkest moments.”
Sabrina Perna was born and currently lives in Genoa, Italy. A normal employee of a local transport company. Before entering the office, she was driving buses, an activity done for 13 years. It was her family who insisted on taking on a more regular job with an accessible schedule. An only child to young parents. Sabrina had a beautiful childhood, they travelled a lot and being the only child, was always a bit spoiled. Her father and one of his brothers used to paint and her father has always had a lot of manual skills, he built furniture and even wooden models. Her mother sewed very well and knitted. In short, Sabrina has always been surrounded by an environment that stimulated creativity, each in their own way. She wanted to do art studies, but her parents directed her into technical studies.
“I think a lot of people, if they had the ability to create art, they would have tremendous help.”
Though her art, Sabrina is able to provide us with a particular view of life. There is a unison in the message being transmitted. Not in the exact meaning for all, but in the underlying force that it carries. Sabrina’s artwork depicts a sense of vitality that is simply inevitable to not perceive. It is captivating and enwraps you in a sense of belonging, a sense of being here, and being there. Her artwork offers us an everyday escape. An escape to places you never deemed possible.
Q. What role does the artist play in society?
A. An Artist is who makes something beautiful, creative, it can be painting, it can be music, it can be choreography, anything that can enrich himself and those who follow him. And he must have an infinite passion to keep going even in the darkest moments.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you got there.
A. I am a person who does not like constraints, does not like things that are too precise, the style that suits my character is an abstract style made up of spots, lines, designs born from instinct and not from planning. Today it's a dark color, tomorrow a light one, who knows… it's my mood to decide. I am a scale, a sign of air .......
Q. Tell us about some of the highlights of your artistic career?
A. As far as painting is concerned, I'm at the beginning so I don't have much to tell, but I am confident in a flourishing future! In the last two years I have been dedicated to different projects, altering objects and works mixed media. I have collaborated and am still collaborating with many mainly foreign brands (Australia, Poland, Hungary) and also shop, for the sponsorship of mixed products average. But today I'm looking for something different.
D. What is your best childhood memory?
A. My best memory is when my father, on Sunday morning, took me for a nice ride on the bike, while my mother cooked a good Sunday lunch! My mother is from southern Italy where you eat a lot and well!
Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I wanted to be a fashion designer! I have two folders full of drawings of models and clothes! It was my dream. In fact, I love fashion, I have always believed.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. So, I would say that I started (apart from my clothing designs) with oil painting. But I found it difficult, and oil paints never dried! So, I gave up.
I must have been about 14-15 years old.
Q. How and when did you become seriously interested in art?
A. I can say that I did not start when I had the opportunity and never stopped. I've never stopped making art, I've tried different things, I've always experimented, so I've always created something.
Q. What does your art intend to express?
A. When I paint, I forget everything, I forget to eat, to
sleep, everything. I have no problem getting dirty. On the contrary, I like to have dirty hands, my computer is full of sketches!!! It is a necessity; it is a therapy! I've had a pretty bad time in the last 5 years, but my art has helped me get through it. I think a lot of people, if they had the ability to create art, they would have tremendous help. It is a feeling that is difficult to put into words.
Q. Which personality trait got you in the worst trouble?
A. At the time my impatience (see oil paints that never dry!). I was having a hard time waiting and wanted everything right away. And my impulsiveness. Fortunately, this year I am 40 and my maturity has changed me a lot, now I can better control these emotions and I am more attentive and thoughtful.
Q. What did you have to sacrifice for this career?
A. Time for my loved ones. To my family. I am very lucky because I have my husband who helps me a lot with my daughter and above all believes in me and supports me, I think it is essential to have support and help. I have a lot.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I follow many artists but I don't think I'm inspired by anyone in particular. Socially, not having artistic studies, I try to understand many things from others, techniques, materials, testing, studying a lot. But it is more a learning than an inspiration. I think then in the end everyone creates what really feels good. If you create something without freedom you have limits, and the artist must not have any.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counter it?
A. Never! I love solitude. Or rather, I really love company, but I love my spaces, my silences, being with myself and having my time to do my thing. I alternate moments of company and laughter with moments of solitude. In fact, I have a lonely house in the countryside that I love, as soon as I can I go there.
Q. Apart from your art, what do you like to do?
A. I love going out with friends, I love good food (I'm Italian!), I love to travel in any way, by car, train on foot…. I enjoy reading, even though I have quit since my daughter was born who has always slept very little! And I love listening to music, listening always to a lot of music. And I love shopping!!!
Q. What is your philosophy on the subject of art?
A. Sharing. I am a member of a creative association in Italy and sharing is essential. Sharing everything, from materials, from the work surface, from the techniques, everything.
Q. What does "success" mean to you?
A. Be satisfied with yourself. Whatever the field, work, artistic, family. You always think about success in the workplace, you have the concept of business, but today I believe that success is being satisfied with your life at what moment. I am happy with myself; it is the success of my life.
Q. What are the greatest things you have learned in life so far?
A. That one's "fame" and its credibility must be built over time and if you work hard and have patience you can get excellent results.
Q. What is the best advice you have been given and by whom?
A. “Wait, if something is wrong or it has not gone well it means that it was not the right time.” From a colleague of mine!
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. To do what makes us feel good and believe in our dreams. Because if you do what others want in life, you will always have one life of regrets. I hope to be able to pass it on to my daughter.