“I humbly want to be part of those who are striving for quality and beauty…even if it is a relative concept. Sometimes ‘beauty’ may come out of chaos or nightmares.”
Rarely do I ever come across the beauty of art through the disintegration of nightmares. I believe we are now living in a ‘filtered’ world where everything seems more beautiful than it is, which some may consider a nightmare, as this showcases an illusion of perfection masked through a fairytale life. The discovery of something truly valuable is that to which can be transformed from a nightmare into art, & the artist that best produces these transformations is Nelly Recchia. Below is her exclusive interview –
“I am using the human body as a canvas to release visuals, characters, and moods I have in my mind. It is not an easy task to describe myself in one word since I have chosen a path through which I am expressing myself with images not words, perhaps the word “aesthete” would be the best.”
“I do not have any particular message. Although I am grateful for what I already have in my life, I do not like mankind much and all the ugliness it is capable of. Sure we are also able to produce “goodness”, but lately I see a growing glorification of mediocrity, vulgarity and stupidity. So I humbly want to be part of those who are striving for quality and beauty…even if it is a relative concept. Sometimes “beauty” may come out of chaos or nightmares.”
“I was born and raised in a small town in the center of France. It has been 15 years I am now living in Los Angeles. As a child, I had never said “when I ‘ll grow up I will be a body painter “. I was more likely to become a ballerina but I would have had to live the family nest at a very young age to enter a professional ballet school and I did not want to. I was lucky to have my parents to nurture my early tastes and genuine interest for Arts. I don’t remember this myself but my mother mentionedthat I used to do strange makeups on my dolls, so maybe there was already something there! Years after studying languages and philosophy I finally decided to pursue a career which would encompass various forms of arts: theater, music, photography etc…and I concluded being a makeup artist would just do that.
So I studied makeup artistry for a short year program in France. For our final we had to present a body painting based on a given theme. That day I had a strong and positive reaction from the jury and the audience towards my work. I realized then the magic of paint on a human body, and wanted to experience and share these emotions again and again.”
“I like to challenge myself and not be a “one trick pony”. My work is often said to be original which I surely take as a compliment when seeing on social media the lack of personality in what may be called very loosely: Art. Everyone is copying everyone under the disguise of the phrase “being inspired”. I am not pretending that I am inventing anything new but I do make an effort of using mainly my own imagination when thinking of a concept even if I may take references from History, Mythology or simply by observing Nature.”