Art has been part of my life, for as long as I can remember. I have always created collages, taken and printed photographs, sketched and used ephemera and found objects to construct three dimensional artefacts and pop ups. I have a PhD in molecular biology and have spent my career in cancer research, maybe it is here where my delight in tiny details germinated.
I was born and grew up in Northern Italy, moving to London, for work, in 1997. On one of my many trips to explore the U.K. I first visited North Norfolk in 1999, the beaches, the marshes, expansive skies and ever changing light enchanted me.
Then, by coincidence, I met and married a North Norfolk man. Our life together has meant many trips to Norfolk where my love and fascination for the county has grown. I found the beautiful cottage garden, lovingly tended by my mother-in-law Sylvia, and the regular walks in the pine woods of Holkham and Wells-Next-the-Sea an inspiration for my creativity.
The whole idea of representing the outside, memories and recording them with found objects, captured in a moment was something I had been considering for some time. This experience helped me to consolidate me ideas. I started filling sketchbooks with drawings of the costal flora, and the cottage. Soon I moved to fill old wooden boxes with interesting treasures, thematically collected, focusing on Norfolk, our family and our lives in London. There is something that compels me to record, document and comment on this unique place. These boxes capture brief moments, the beginning of an evolving project.