Interview with Cid Andrenelli
I write for the Digital Journal and had the pleasant opportunity to interview Cid Andrenelli, a talented trans-media artist, author of The Burqa Master. Her paintings are bold, colorful, mesmerizing and beautiful, and yet very disturbing. Here is an excerpt of the interview below:
Finding an enigmatic artist and activist whose talents cross multiple mediums is rare to find. Italian artist, writer and playwright Cid Andrenelli is one of these unique talents.
Examining Andrenelli’s paintings is hypnotic and mesmerizing. Some of her work has hints of similarity with those of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. Their artwork is passionate, raw, vivid and yet quietly disturbing.
Digital Journal: Tell me something about yourself.
Andrenelli: I live between Italy and Sri-Lanka. I’m a writer and artist. In recent years I’ve made a series of documentaries in Sri-Lanka, ‘Sabines Holiday Resort’ and ‘The Dumb Girl’. I filmed the documentary, ‘Diary of an Iranian musician’ (original title – Diario di una Musicista) and have written several plays including ‘The Uxoricide’ (original title – Il caso di un uxoricida). In my art work I use two mediums batik and oil painting, at present I am working on a collection of portraits of the most infamous Italian mafia bosses which can be seen on Saatchi online gallery. I love reading satire, plays, literary fiction and poetry and I’m interested in writing which highlights freedom and human rights with irony and humour. Best of all I like fiction that pushes the boundries; I use a fusion of literary styles in my writing combining narrative, poetry and play.