I’m sitting down next to my student Elena reading through her résumé when two little words jump off the page: Sculpture Artist.
If you guys didn’t know, my mom is a sculpture artist and has her work shown in a museum in Los Angeles, AMOCA.
I ask Elena, Do you make sculptures? Can I see a picture?
She tells me sure. Then, she hits a few keystrokes and I’m looking at the picture I’m sharing with you here.
I told her about my mom and my blog and I asked her if it was okay to do an article on her. She was happy to share her work with me and granted an exclusive interview.
I thought, gosh, this girl is so creative.
She later emailed me higher quality pictures. So here you are. Here’s our interview.
Meet Elena Tommesani | Sculpture Artist.
Elena has recently graduated Accademia delle Belle Arte in Bologna. She started making sculptures together with a friend when she enrolled at University five years ago.
Her idea to make people out of scotch tape came after she and her friend made a recording of the actual sound tape makes when ripping it.
They asked themselves what it would be like to make a person out of tape and so the idea was formed.
After completing her thesis, she walked through town with her friends and her life size people and took some pictures in various settings — a fountain, a bus, laying down. She told me people would ask her if they could take pictures. I could only imagine!
What inspires you? I’ve always liked drawing ever since I was a young kid.
Why tape? My friend and I started and we were fascinated by the sounds tape makes when you pull it off. We even made an audio recording.
We were so impressed, we asked ourselves if we could take it a step further. We then decided to make the tape into a person with muscles. The structure was formed including the person with all of its defects.
So it’s a collaboration? Yes, I made some of these together with my good friend Anna Maria Muscaridola.
How many have sculptures have you made? About 15.
Where are they? Some are stored in my basement and a couple of them are at my father’s store.
Have you sold any? Yes. We have.
Are they hard or soft? Hard but you can also move them. I’d say they are structured.
I saw there was one in the water. Don’t they ruin? Only the foot is submerged in the water.
After the picture, we hung the tape person out to dry without any problems.
Is your friend the one in your facebook page? Yes. We have been friends since the first year of University. We are so different but we enjoy working together.
Now she is attending the Erasmus program in Barcelona. When she comes back, we look forward to working again together.
What are you working on? For now, we are just taking a break. We are celebrating the fact that we have received our degrees!
Do you name your sculptures? Yes. Actually. I’ve called one of them Ophelia. Here Elena tells me a funny story about Shakespeare’s Ophelia who dies yet, luckily, her Ophelia lives.
Talk to me about color. You wrote that color is very important to you. Yes. Only the last sculpture is about color. In my thesis I wanted to represent how color effects man in everything, not only aesthetically. For example, yellow can mean joy.
Other sculptures are based on transparency so you can see inside.
What I find interesting is that you talk about color but your work is transparent. Why is that? I don’t know why but all of my work has always been transparent.
Here we both smile because of how funny that seems, the contradiction of it all.
Maybe you have seen my man who was laying down lit by blue light? He is peaceful, she tells me.
My favorite is the one on the bus. Yes. Thank you. He’s thinking.
What was your response to the attention? My face went read and I was blushing.
Why did you bring him around with you? He’s not static. He’s travels.
I say goodbye telling her I think she has incredible talent and I that she will have enormous success as a sculpture artist.
She thanks me and I say goodbye to a very sweet, charming talented artist whose hair matches her eyes. She blushes and says,
Thank you. I’m happy.
If you would like more information on Elena’s sculptures, to see what she has available for sale or to commission a sculpture, please write firstname.lastname@example.org