Eleonora Arosio

Jul 03
Describe your work in three words
Colourful, naive, female
When did you develop your style?
It took soooo long, I remember changing my style all the time when I was in high school and being afraid I would never find the one that really belonged to me: there are just so many techniques and tools to try! I think the hand-made feeling, the pencil stroke and the naiveness of my style have always been there, just in different shapes and forms. I’d say I started drawing like I do now when I was 22, even though it’s still very slowly changing.
Why did you decide to move to Amsterdam? Do you think you’re more influenced by your root (Italy, Milan) or by where you’re based (Amsterdam)?
I moved here because I never felt like I completely belonged to Italy, but Amsterdam is a temporary place too. I was in Australia and in the UK before and I’m still travelling and trying to find my own perfect place. So, my answer is that I’m influenced by travelling, with a pinch of Italian-ness to it – no matter what, it will always be my home.
Do you have a main theme connected with all your work?
Mostly female and social issues. I don’t think my drawings are very literal at all, sometimes they are simply a tribute to womanhood. I remember as a kid I always had a mix of insecurities and strengths (we’ve all been there) that I now try to understand and overcome through my illustrations, by giving an example to young girls and teach them, also myself, how powerful we can be. When this whole new wave of everyday feminism hit, I felt like it was just speaking to me, and I hope everyone feels as involved as I do.
What’s your biggest struggle as an Italian artist living in a foreign country?
Visas and bureaucracy, the boring stuff. Other than that, I love living in different places because it allows me to meet illustrators and people that I admire and I probably wouldn’t have the chance to meet otherwise!
How do you overcome your creative block?
That’s a tough one. So far, my strategy is to start with what I know I like to draw and feel comfortable with, just to keep the hand working. At times, I draw random objects: it helps to keep the brain busy, instead of staring at a blank scary piece of paper.
Lastly, is there anything you’d like to tell us?
Keep up the good work and keep supporting women everywhere!

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