Ansterstern tells us about herself with a simple Q&A
Q1 Who is Ansterstern?
I'm a young artist who has already spent half my life learning visual art, but has only recently begun to share my work with the world.
I have always been attracted by simplicity and clarity, like the usual combination of ink and paper. On the other hand, my passion has always been to explore and experiment. So in the creative journey I have travelled, I have explored and experimented with many classical, strange, unexpectedly invented drawing techniques, mixing imaginable and unimaginable materials.
And I'm not going to stop there. I've recently acquired a very powerful computer, which means a whole field of new discoveries for me, this time in the world of computer graphics.
Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?
I am inspired by creators and entrepreneurs, their ideas and their creations, those who make the world move forward and develop. And it's not necessarily people from the arts. It is also people from other fields - business, science and new technologies, sports, journalism, politics and many others. I will probably never cease to be amazed at the number of talented people and their achievements in various fields.
Separately, I would like to highlight the influence of literature and music on my creativity. And another important source of inspiration is, of course, observing nature and the structure of human life.
Q3 Did you have any training?
When I was a child, my parents tried to find something for me to do - dancing, sports, music, playing chess... and lots of other things so that the child didn't make a mess at home. And finally they took me to art school. And so I've had over 10 years of study, training, experimentation, frustrations and discoveries in the visual arts.
Four years in art school, two years in a painting class, four years at an art academy where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. But I always felt that the most important thing was self-education. All these institutions gave me basic knowledge, but I always wanted more, and therefore had to develop myself on my own.
Q4 How would you describe your art?
Other people tell me that my art is dark, bizarre, odd, eerie, spreads cosmic vibes... And they seem to be right - something always makes me pay more attention to the dark, cruel, ironic side of life and reflect it in my artworks.
Q5 What artists inspire you?
I have always been deeply inspired by artists of Expressionism, Surrealism and Abstractionism. Such as Edvard Munch, Salvador Dali, Kazimir Malevich. It's hard for me to imagine anything more perfect than Malevich's Black Square. It's just perfect.
And of course I am inspired by a lot of big and small artists, illustrators, designers of our time, which list of names would be very long. These are artists I find on social media, at exhibitions, as well as some of my teachers.
Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?
I think, it's a pretty contradictory thing with a lot of nuances. Both pleasant and painful. But no matter the nuance, sharing sentiments always connects people strongly. When we share them we give a piece of ourselves and in return we receive a piece of the other person, thus creating a close connection. And I am very fascinated by the idea of showing this through visual art by dividing each artist's work into 1,000 pieces to create this connection between the future owners of each piece and the author of the artwork.