Who Am I?

MAN - Manuela Cimmino

MAN – Manuela Cimmino

 Manuela Cimmino
I was born in Milan, where I also live with my family.
I have a 8 years old boy, Alessandro, and a partner, Marco. I graduated in Political Science and I couldn’t decide between journalism and diplomacy. I was also fascinated by fashion, so I decided to become a fashion stylist. Images and imagery were important to me, so important that I decided to work focus on the medium that communicates through images: TV where for 15 years I have been a writer. Now words have became emotions expressed through art. The first painting was called Heart and I have not stopped since. My dream is to model each word, turning it into an object that comunicate emotions for me and for the viewer. I’ll be in New York on May.

My life

Since I was a child, I wasn’t able to reach out to others in a direct and simple way. Initially I thought it was normal that my intentions translated themselves in words and actions that corresponded to my way of being. Little by little I realized that other people’s perceptions of me was significantly different than what I believed.

This estrangement has transformed itself throughout the years in a subtle form of isolation that protected me from a hectic / busy world full of strange and hostile people.

Almost inadvertently, I started to look for other ways of communication, always prioritising images, spanning from design to television. I enjoyed reaching out to a mass audience, always using tools of mass communication. For many years I worked in radio and television as a screenplay writer, pretending that I had bypassed the wall of silence that separated me from others.

This structure that I previously used as a communication medium started to collapse when I realized that its credibility and its legacy run out as soon as it went “on air”, but above all what I  realised was that it didn’t say anything about me.

Since then I have discovered that every word is charged with an underlying significance, an intimate and deep significance that I was able to bring to life working with my hands, creating works of art full of substance but at the same time full of meaning.

I started with a pierced heart made out of metal to communicate the deepest and primordial emotions. In this way others can see but at the same time feel the words I’m trying to express.  Sometimes a different message comes across, but the message also comes across through the transfer of emotions.

My works

I try to create my works with one unique element;  substance, words and images. Each work interprets one word that contains different emotions muddled up between harmony and conflict. I can’t begin to think of my work without the dense structure of emotions that have created, destroyed and reinvigorated it. I need plenty of time to sediment an emotion and then transform it into a work of art that translates it fully. I like to think that every emotion and consequently every word, contains in itself its own meaning  but at the same time its exact opposite.

What would Pensiero - rational thought – be if irrationality didn’t exist?

Would there be a Ladder if we couldn’t go up and down the stairs at the same time?

The Cell is unique, but it must consider the others in order to be complete.

Metal, from the spectacular strength of primitive iron to the invincibility of steel, creates distance between emotions and words but at the same time makes them powerful and communicative.

I am passionate about collecting abandoned metal that has the power to recreate itself and to bring it back to life, brushed by colours and lights.