Interview: Alessandra Oricchio

Here is one of the many participants of the fourth edition of the Ratatà Festival, which takes place from the 20th to the 23rd of April. Her name is Alessandra Oricchio. We decided to ask her a few nosey questions to get you to know her. Enjoy!
Introduce yourself and your work.

My name is Alessandra Oricchio (aka Gas) and I don’t consider myself to be an illustrator. I’d rather call myself a careful observer. I collect moments of daily life, I listen to stories of strangers and stories of people that I’ve known forever, and I always do it with curiosity and a desire to learn. I let these stories lay down and then I give them back to whoever borrowed them to me or to whoever sees them, in the form of an illustration.

What if the distinctive trait of your artistic work?

The synthetic line is a constant with my works. However, I’m surprised every time people see an illustration and figure out that it’s mine. I wonder how do they manage.

How do you get your ideas? What is your source of inspiration?

I have ideas every time that I cross people and situations. In those moments, I feel like a sponge – I absorb. I think that life is my biggest source of inspiration. My being thankful to life determines my creations.

Why did you decide to take part in the Ratatà festival?

I decided to take part in the Ratatà festival to live and share with other people an experience that will leave a mark.