Another Canadian find (even though she’s actually Italian) I found a couple of postcards of her work in this werdish-kinkysh bookstore in Quebec (any bookstore that has a sign saying menáge-a-trois and ends up being filled with gay themed books and old Entertainment Weekly’s deserves the creation of a new adjective :). I bought one and then a few days later the cover of a book on HMV caught my eye. As it turned out, the illustration on the cover was also by Nicoletta, and I thought the coincidence of stumbling into her work twice while on holidays was really funny!
The fact that both times this happened, was while in a book related environment isn’t without irony, since she works mainly as an illustrator for child’s books.
Her work in child’s books is clearly tamer, but her whimsical fairytale influences can still be seen clearly in her edgier work.
Her work is of course somewhat reminiscent of Mark Ryden‘s, but if you gotta be influenced, then be influenced by the best!