Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Cislaghi.
Danielle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
From a very young age, I have been interested in the arts. I have always enjoyed painting as well as taking photos, playing instruments, and really anything that would exercise my creative mind. I come from a very artistic family so I would definitely say that plays a big role in my interests. My grandma on my dad’s side is a very talented painter, and my mom’s side of the family is full of musicians and artists (it actually blows my mind how great these people are). I always look up to them and enjoy sharing the same passions.
Being a very introverted individual, I have used a lot of my time to myself practicing my photography and creativity. I spent my first three years of high school online and I was focusing about 90% of my time purely on taking photos of my friends in my city or just the scenery of different locations from trips I have been on. In my senior year of high school, I decided to attend public school because I felt that I needed to put myself out of my comfort zone. It ended up being a very pleasant and refreshing experience.
During that year, I took an art class with the first art teacher I have ever had. That class really motivated me to continue doing what I love to do. I’m going to attend my first semester of college this year, and I don’t know exactly what I’m aiming for yet, but I am hoping that it will expand my mind and show me a new perspective that I’ve never seen before. I’m excited to meet new people and work with other artists and I truly have never been more driven to create than I am now.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I feel that my art is easily interpreted. I try to create and capture something that is pleasant to look at and gives a feeling of the setting. I hope that someone would be able to put themselves in the place of the artwork. Maybe they feel oddly nostalgic when they’ve never even been there before, or maybe it brings back a pleasant memory. It’s a great feeling when I can look at someone’s art and really understand it, and its so rewarding when a piece of my work can do the same. I remember in my first art class we were making our own “street art”.
One of my peers came up to me and told me that they really liked my piece and that they would put in on their wall. I can’t explain how reassuring that was. To know that somebody enjoyed my art enough to want to look at it every day is enough for me – especially because sometimes I get very hard on myself when sharing any of my work (i’m sure people can relate to that).
Outside of art class where there isn’t as much direction, I get inspiration simply from seeing a beautiful flower, an old building, or really anything interesting that catches my eye. I see these things as something to capture that people might skip over when walking along the street. I also enjoy catching expressions and feelings. Not only do I try to portray them in a photo, but I love drawing portraits or eyes and being able to capture the life in them.
There is no hidden or deeper meaning in my work that only certain people can discover; I just hope that people can appreciate my art for what it is. It is simply a way for me to acknowledge, recreate, and share the beauty that I see in the world.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think that the conditions for artists today are better than they have ever been with the help of social media, but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are easy. A lot of the new generation loves admiring and supporting artists online but it is difficult to grow in your own city.
I think that there are a lot more people pursuing art than there used to be, so it’s harder to grow since there are so many of us. Cities should hold more art shows where people can submit their work and hopefully restaurants and other businesses can advertise the events. Try to buy and display pieces in public places and incorporate live music in restaurants and other populated areas.
There are so many talented people in this world that don’t get enough attention and I truly believe it is important to acknowledge talent where it is due.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work on my Instagram. That is where I share a lot of my photography when I’m at home and traveling, but it is also my personal account. I am still in the beginning stages of sharing my art, so I will have more options in the near future that are focused on my material. I love discovering and connecting with other artists that share the same interests as I do. Anyone can feel free to contact me there or they can email me.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: daniellecislaghi