Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Lito Kattou.
Lives in Athens and London
How do you describe your own art practice?
My works negotiate understandings of materiality and subjectivity through a composition of practices, spanning from digital fabrication to thermochemical elaborations. Articulated as weapons, skins, or cosmic elements, the works engage with the sculptural potentiality of flatness, processes of embodiment and the transfigurations of material properties within the margins of space and time.
What was your first experience with art?
Neolithic archaeological sites, copper fragmented ancient objects, amorphous stones and minerals, collections of fossils. A few years later everything merged in the collaboration I had with my dad for my primary school years where I was writing fairy tales and he was illustrating them.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Literature, the walks I take in the city, the friends I talk with.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Support, faith, sunshine.
What are you working on at the moment?
A new series of works for Art Cologne’s section New Positions with Eleni Koroneou Gallery and my next solo show which will be presented in May at Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Judy’s Chicago fascinating series of paintings PowerPlay back from 1985, which I lately saw in New York for the first time in person.