Bruna D´Alessandro: Sculptor

Friday, February 10, 2017


Bruna moved from rome, Italy to new york two and a halg years ago, she is a visual artist who creates sculptures and illustrations. her inspiration comes from the imaginary world of the dreams and the distortions of them, between fantastic objects and metallic characters it gives life to a surprising collection of artistic productions



How did you realize that believing in art was important and when did you decide to dedicate your life to it?

"I think it’s happened several times in my life. The awareness I mean. Art is my passion, or, my passion is the practice of creating. Slowly during the years I realized how much my practice is connected to myself. Art as a way to think and a way to see. I think that's important.
What really happened is that I always made a choice without realizing. When I decide to study painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome for example; years later when I took a studio for a while in Torpignattara in Rome. And then my choice became stronger and stronger. Here I am now, in New York City to dedicate my life to what I love to do."



Why did you move to New York? How hard was it?

"I moved to New York without knowing exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to develop my work like never before. The idea was to push myself and focus completely. New York has the incredible capacity to make you dream, but it depends on you if your dream becomes true. The hard work is necessary, but the more you give to the city the more it will give back to you. In this spirit I organize and spend my days."



What has been the most difficult step?

"To leave the people close to me in Italy and go to live so far away. That was hard and still is."



How far have you got in achieving the goals that brought you here?

"I have achieved a good part of the goals, but you know after you achieved one a new one emerges on the surface waiting to be reached."




If you had to delineate your project and your purpose in a few sentences, what would you say?

"Comes in my mind a sentence that a dear friend of mine told me: out of chaos a profusion of meaning.My purpose is to generate an alternative thought. Perhaps build a surreal dimension. Certainly to have and keep a good sense of humor."



Let's talk about your sculptures: you are working mostly with metal in your three-dimensional works. Can you tell us about this practice?

"I got close to the metal forming and welding fabrication techniques in New York for the first time and it changed my world. I work mostly with steel but lately I’ve discovered my passion for aluminum welding. The two metals are so different and their working processes requires a slightly different attitude and skill. Steel is hard and has an aggressive presence. Bending it to your will is really intense and fascinating, and requires you to be fully focused and accurate. Aluminum is soft, light and shining and it melts at a lower temperature. It requires greater delicacy and a smart touch.I find both metals incredibly elegant even in their raw status and to work with them makes me extremely devoted."



What is your process from the idea to the complete sculpture? Do you plan before to start?

"Depends on the piece. I mostly I do not have preparatory projects. Sometimes I make a fast sketch, just to clarify my idea. But even there... the final sculpture will surely be different from that sketch. Usually, if there is a part that is more technical, I need to write about what goes where, what do I need to buy or about dimensions. I use notes as a thinking process and as a memory. It’s during the making part that I figure it out the most. In some cases I just start working from nothing. I think it’s a balance: sometimes it’s good to work hard on an accurate plan, but sometimes putting too much energy into planning will leave you very little for the realization."


I was struck by the fact that the public is allowed to touch your Rolling Head sculpture. I can clearly see that it was your intention. Could you talk about it?

"Oh yes, that sculpture is made to be touched and rolled. I like to create an interaction with the observer, sculptures that can be moved manually by the viewer. I like the idea of relieving the viewer for a moment from the need of deference and veneration of the artwork.
At the same time, I do want my sculptures to be first of all 'sculptures'. I want them to maintain that Aura that makes their beauty unique."



Which is your advice for new artists wanting to take risks in pursuit of their passion?

"Do the best you can do and you will never regret it."



If I say 'fireEscape' what do you think about?

"I would think of that moment after a snow day when you watch through the window the last flakes that gently settle on the fire escape. Then you open it, exit, and all the landscape is magically covered by a soft white like in the world of fairy tales and you immediately run downstairs to sink yourself into the fluffy world. Everything is so quiet. I love that moment."

You can check Bruna´s work on www.brunadalessandro.com

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