by Barbara Rolnick
Giulio Plescia, 26, has been working at the copy centre at Concordias
Loyola Campus for about a year and a half. Few of the students who depend
on him to meet their looming deadlines realize that behind the photocopy
machines lies the binder of a budding artist.
In fact, several of Giulios drawings have made their way out of
his binder and onto the walls, but they often go unnoticed by the people
coming and going.
He enjoys the commotion. It keeps him in touch with the student life he
misses and hopes to return to. His plan is to save up enough money to
study graphic design. Although he attended an art college in Italy for
five years, he says that times have changed and he needs more education.
You have to learn how to work with computers. Nobody wants a normal
painting or a hand drawing any more.
Nevertheless, he always has a pencil and paper nearby. Inspiration comes
from everywhere, and he likes to be prepared. I have episodes, like
The Sopranos. They continue every night in my dreams, he said. The
next day I put them down on paper. Some people write words I like
Giulios passion is cartoons. He draws caricatures, and has thought
about setting up a kiosk to sell them. Hes working on his speed,
trying to get from 20 minutes down to five. In the meantime, he draws
for friends, acquaintances and anyone else who hears about his work.
Concordia hires some mentally challenged people to do the recycling.
One of the guys who works in the cafeteria talks to me about his favourite
WWF wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin.
One day I drew his head on the wrestlers body. He started
saying Hey, man, look at me, Im so cool, and that made
me feel good, it really made my day.
It has been difficult for Giulio to find the time to draw. In addition
to working full-time hours at Concordia, he has taken on a maintenance
job at night. Hes determined not to give up.
When you bring something to a certain level, and its just
something that you cannot shut off, that is art. I will always keep doing
this, because this is what I love to do.