Interview by Antonella Iozzo
Who is Claudia Emanuela Coppola in and out of the painting?
Claudia is always one in mess-tin... So I feel me, one who always has to learn and that never arrives! But this gives me satisfaction! I don't love those who have “success” without working, studying, without falling down, always with a smile on their lips, like a glue... I seem inflexible?!
Perhaps I am...surely, like my father and the father of my father and back, back to the past of my heart...I have to work, work, work, BUT! There is a but...But never forgiving a caress to someone, never going on in front of tears. Working is ... with the human being, with the people, with their heart, with their efforts, never making a man feeling alone ...that’s why I paint “the soul of the faces”.
The graphic sign, the pictorial gesture, the theatrical action, three expressions to tell other or to tell yourself?
I don't tell a lot of me in my art... or at least, I try to tell the others, often the little ones, those who are alone, the most suffered, the smallest. It always comes to mind "what you will do to the smallest among you, you will have done it to me". And then, then when I feel inside my soul the scratch of their souls, then I create, but always taking care about the colors that must give a dream or the words, in theatre, that must be hopeful.
Where is the meeting point for you?
It’s that world that few want to admit to look for, to look at, because they feel stupid... I believe that meeting point is the glance on eternity, with the special answers to our special and unique wishes and desires.
I want this window..., in front of who is afraid of it.
Numerous shows, important recognitions, notable theatrical representations, which do you remember with great satisfaction?
Thanks... you are too good with me... I don’t see me really this way.
I remember, with melancholy, the show "Il Maestro e Margherita", written by Bulgakov; a story of love and passion, of sweetness and fears, full of faith. Nobody believed in that history, but me yes!
I remember the evenings... every evening it was raining heavily and all the evenings people stayed out there on the street in front of the theatre Out Off, in Milan, under the rain, hoping to find a place, hoping to see the play. And when there were no more seats, we added benches, then we added pillows and then, then they sat where they wanted, near to the actors and all were so excited! They laughed and they cried, actors and spectators! And. they went out happy!
In your works, do the colors think?
Yes, it’s true, it’s right; they think the cold and they think the heat... of our heart.
If I say metaphor, trip, Art, what do you say?
The art for me is a job and a vocation as all the other jobs and all the other vocations. Job, because it’s effort, rule...getting up soon in the morning.You know why I say that the art is a job like another one?! When I start thinking what I have to paint and I become angry with myself, because it doesn't come me nothing... I think about a simple nurse that works in the intensive therapy with children and I immediately start working, without complaining me.
Trip... I hate to travel, but I love to travel with my mind. I like more my world: it has a sweet music and a full silence and colors and faces that I adore... as my last work "Piero"
What do you want about the feelings of your exhibitions’ visitors?
Emotions and hopes.
Children, the plants and the flowers, the house, the knickknacks, the memories, the caresses.
Descrive yourself in three adjectives
Violet... as my travelling spirit.
Blue... as my melancholy.
Orange... as my love for all the children, not red. Because red is violent.... orange. The orange is only a caress.