Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Anni Leppälä.
Lives in Helsinki
How do you describe your own art practice?
I work quite intuitively and keep adding images to the already existing entity of works. What motives and inspires me is how the images connect with each other and how those connections bring up different themes and interpretations.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Many of my motives derive from memories, loss, longing, and early adolescence, seeking for an experience of connection and closeness but also for recognizing something vaguely familiar through the images.
What was your first experience with art?
I quess it was seeing some old family photo albums of my relatives.. even though they were not art it was the thought of looking through time through photos. I am not from an especially artistic family or background, but I quess art and sensitivity were always respected in a way. But it was only when I started my art studies that I really begun seeing more art.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I get inspired from quite a vast field of things, but mostly from nature and light. It really interests me how elusive and fleeting natural light is and how it constantly developes different subtle atmopheres and colours. Also literature, music and films inspire me.
What do you need in order to create your work?
I believe I need a lot of free and idle time. If I am in a hurry or too stressed I don´t begin to see or notice things the same way.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Unfortunately due to covid I haven´t been able to see many exhibitions since the museums in Helsinki have been closed. I have been browsing through internet quite a lot though..I saw an wonderful exhibition by Tacita Dean before the pandemic and just bought her book “Buon Fresco” published by Mack books. It is a book about her film stills from the details of Giotto´s frescoes in the Upper Basilica in Assisi. Its a beautiful and very simple book with wonderful colours, textures and image combinations.