Six Questions

Six Questions: Anastasia Sosunova

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Anastasia Sosunova.

Artist Anastasia Sosunova
Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania

How do you describe your own art practice?

I use sharp moments to speak about slow processes. My installation, sculpture and moving image practice translates between scales, manipulating personal stories and subtle material gestures, following through their entanglements in vaster tales. These are tales about how communities and identities are formed, subsist and come undone. For the most part, this is a practice of noticing and knowing intimately our contexts, and the ways in which we interact with them.

Anastasia Sosunova and Andrea Zucchini - Call softly to one another
Silicone, epoxy resin, charcoal dust
Vartai, Vilnius
Photo: Laurynas Skeisgiela

What was your first experience with art?

It isn’t easy to decide which exact contact with an art form could be called that way: was it growing up surrounded by my dad’s self-taught landscape paintings which he was making during his night shifts? Or experiencing a sculpture at the school yard as a perfect climbing structure, matching all positions of my body? Or later, being a teenager, visiting Contemporary Art Center and feeling rather uncanny?

Anastasia Sosunova and Andrea Zucchini - Installation view
Editorial, Vilnius
Photo: Ugnius Gelguda

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

All the contrasting and mismatching parts of my immediate surroundings – clashes of traditions, trends, materials and communication styles.

Anastasia Sosunova - Sweet Tribe
Polyester resin, modelling clay, organic materials, steel
Lentvaris Railway Depot
Photo: Laurynas Skeisgiela

What do you need in order to create your work?

I usually need a workshop or a studio space. Other than that, purposeless walks and a smartphone for collecting footage are things I can’t do without.

Anastasia Sosunova - Tainstvo
Video installation, length 18' 15”
Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
Photo: Inga Jankūnaitė

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m just about to finish working on some of my first texts that were hanging out in my head for a while. Meanwhile, I’m in the process of producing a series of new sculptures, trying to articulate new sensitivities to objects and bodies in private and public spaces.

Anastasia Sosunova - Demikhov Dog,
Video installation, length 7' 18”
Ignalina Culture Center
Photo: Gedvilė Tamošiūnaitė

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Evgeny Antufiev’s work at the Baltic Triennial 13 last year, it changed some of my old assumptions about art inspired by archeology, and I’m very grateful for that.

Anastasia Sosunova - Demikhov Dog
Video installation, length 7' 18”
Still frame

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions