Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Anna Fafaliou.
Lives in London
How do you describe your own art practice?
My practice is based on the distortion of commonplace objects, materials and forms in order to create new dialogues between them and the viewer, observing the disruption of familiarity to them. I create imaginary environments questioning the nd how we perceive, process and record our immediate environment. My work focuses on the fluidity and instability of our visual perception and memory in relation to the physical presence, and how spatial relationships can be disrupted and are open to interpretation. I create installations and performances exploring the relationship between object, memory and space. The play between reality and abstraction stands at the forefront of my projects.
What was your first experience with art?
I was studying theatre and I decided to take a course on Russian Art History, where I was introduced to the world and work of the Suprematist and Abstract painters Malevich and Kandinsky. They blew my mind away.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Observing human behaviour.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Patience and concentration. Sometimes the ideas are flying all over my head, and I find it hard to find a starting point.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just produced a performance piece called “Sleep” for Nahmad Projects, a new gallery in London. The project is an observation on public napping in big cities. I’m showing this piece also in Bangkok Cultural Centre in September, where I’m having an artist residency. After that I’m moving to Los Angeles for two months for a residency with Eastside International, an artist run gallery, in order to work on a new series of metal works.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I recently met Judy Blame during his exhibition opening at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London. And I can’t exactly say I was surprised rather than I was mesmerised by this incredible artist who happens to be an inspiring human too.