Pablo Picasso once said: "Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things."
We want to peek through the door and see what’s behind the image. We asked Toi’s artists to tell us the story behind the picture, what motivated it, what ideas or events produced it. Because every representation has it’s own story, it’s own world for us to discover.
This is what Sylvie told us about her artwork "Like a True Home"
Everyday on my way to work I used to see this lady next to the bus terminal 810 in Rome, at Teatro Marcello. Her name was Alice.
At the beginning I didn’t see her very often, but then over time she used to sit in the terminal plaza everyday. She always carried around a big cart filled with buckets, one chair and all kind of papers and bags covered with sheets.
I thought It was very intriguing ... Alice lived on the streets, but for some reason she gave me the impression of a person living in a house.
Sometimes I saw her sitting down, watching the people walking by, as if she was watching TV. Other times I saw her sleeping on a chaise-longe chair as if she was enjoying herself, relaxing on the terrace of a beautiful garden.
Sometimes it seemed to me that she was very busy, cleaning her home. I could tell that, for her, her cart was her little universe, and everything had its particular place in it.
Every morning I’ve got to the station and looked for her, she became an inspiration. She made me wonder about her story, how was her life like before? That, I didn’t know, but I decided to draw her, so others can see her too.