REBECCA COLTORTI

Could you please introduce yourself and share any hidden talents or something most wouldn’t know about you?

I’m Rebecca and I’m an Italian Mixed Media Artist working in the Fashion industry. My inclination to art began at an early age, coloring and gluing magazines, which is what I basically do now. I’ve started creating digital collages about three years ago and it happened to become my job.

My hidden talent is that I’m a champion at head ball bouncing, I really don’t know where it came from.

Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years?

In a few years I see my art improved and grown up with me. I hope to be able to work with increasingly important realities and to be involved in international projects.

What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?

There’s a chance I’ll be able to work for a big brand, fingers crossed!

Have you been met with any challenges as an artist along the way? (Personally or professionally)

Of course, every job is challenging in its own way: I receive 'empty' images and I have to add my touch, making sure that it satisfies the personal taste of the client and, possibly, my vision. Getting negative feedbacks is always frustrating and you have to deal with that and make sure to not get it personal.

Can you please share a little about how you go into creating artwork and how you’d describe your style?

I really don’t have a precise process when creating an artwork. I start roughly playing with the pictures until I find the right direction. I prefer doing the composition digitally because I feel freer but I love the paper feeling so I often print the pictures I’ve used, cut them and scan everything. I would describe my style as bold, quirky and feminine.

Do you tend to create from personal experience or from observing the experiences of others?

I usually like to be inspired directly by the photos I’m working on and be guided by the flow, by my aesthetics. It happens that in my artworks I put (sometimes hiding) words, lyrics of songs that represent the moment I’m experiencing. But I really love to be random honestly.

What’s it like being a woman in the creative industry? Do you find that it has its challenges at times?

Fortunately I’ve never worked with someone who made me feel inferior just because I’m a woman. I hope to never experience it.

What’s your favourite part about your body and why?

The favorite part of my body has always been my belly, it’s the part I love to show the most. There’s no particular reason, but it makes me feel confident.

What’s your idea of empowerment?

My idea of emancipation is not to be distracted by useless things that others dictate that might make us lose focus on the really important ones. In an industry that reproduces so many limiting ideas of how women should look, speak, dress and think, it’s important not to get swallowed up by this vortex of impossible standards. This would be such a revolution.

What message do you have for those who are struggling with body confidence/self-love/weight or appearance issues? – What’s helped you in the past?

I can give little tips that work for me. First of all, in my personal Instagram profile I don’t follow any models or influencers, unless they have something to offer besides highly retouched photos of their bodies. I don’t want to see your booty 24/7 because I know that when I’ll look in the mirror those images will be in the back of my mind and the comparison will be inevitable. What helped me so much was discovering Jameela Jamil and her I Weigh movement. She is incredibly inspiring and badass! Now I can look at my imperfections without shame, I have 'normalized' them. We have to force ourselves to unlearn what Fashion and mass media taught us and love every inch of our body.

What inspires your style of art? What are the best ways you've found that have refined your practice?

My style comes from all those things I love to look at. I like the visual contrasts, the mix of colors and textures. Francis Bacon said that ‘chaos brings images’. I like to immerse myself in that chaos and bring out the best visual I can find. Observing things from different points of view and constant practice are the best ways to improve.

When it comes to female support – what comes to mind for you? Is it positive or negative?

I don’t believe in female support as it’s been recently told. I believe that support should be gender-neutral. We should support those who have talent, those who are respectful, those who are passionate, those who deserve to be supported. If I want to support someone, I don’t care if that person is a man or a woman. I do not believe that supporting women just for being women is the solution to this inequality.

What the biggest risk you’ve taken to date? What were the pressure points and was it worth it?

Surely the biggest risk I took was leaving the graphic design school in my second year, two weeks after it began. I wanted to focus 100% on my artistic path that was just beginning at the time. I don’t know for sure if it was the right decision, but it was definitely the best one for me at the time.

What’s been one of your most memorable jobs?

Without a doubt the first call from Sisley, in addition to being my first important work, it’s a special memory. I had no experience and they trusted me. I will always be grateful.

How do you keep up your creative momentum? Where do you look to for the drive to create?

If I don’t create something for a few days I feel a sort of abstinence. The creative momentum is always there, but sometimes it’s stronger sometimes I struggle to find ideas. When I feel creativity-low I take a look at Pinterest or Instagram, I watch artists’ interviews. I immediately want to go back to work.

How has your work and practice developed over time?

You can really see the difference between my early works and the new ones. I now have a different visual awareness, meaning my eyes is more trained. Recent works are more complex, visually more cohesive. Practice is the key.

What or who have been some of your main creative influences?

Quentin Jones and Prince Láuder made me discover and love this work.

Who’s work are you currently loving right now and why?

I wanna give a shout out to the amazing photographer who provided me the pictures for the artwork I’m creating for the Praise You exhibition called Alessio Albi and the floral designer Doan Ly, for making me use the shoots of her flowers.

Website: www.rebeccacoltorti.com

Instagram: @rebeccacoltorti_art

Email: rebeccacoltorti@gmail.com

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