Interviews | December 19, 2023 |

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Anastasia Lobkovski

Interview: Anastasia Lobkovski
Luca Curci talks with Anastasia Lobkovski during the 9th edition of LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2023 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

Anastasia Lobkovski is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Finland. She graduated with as MFA from The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Lobkovski also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Filmmaking department, at Aalto University 2017. Lobkovski`s works have participated in art exhibitions in Finland such as Kunsthalle Helsinki, The Art Museum of Jyväskylä, Galleria AARNI Espoo and overseas at Aratoi Art Museum New Zealand and The Room Contemporary Art Space Venice, Italy.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Anastasia Lobkovski – It is a way to understand the world better, to express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to express in words. Art helps us to process things that are difficult in the world around us.
It gives a sense of belonging, meaning and hope.

LC – What are you currently working on?
AL – I’m working on my upcoming painting exhibitions, which are going to be in March and July in Finland. Currently, I’m painting new works for these exhibitions.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most? Where do you find your inspiration?
AL –
I enjoyed painting from quite an early age. When I was about 9, I went to an artist’s studio to take lessons. It was a small room of two floors, where this painter lived and gave us lessons. We painted, listened and talked. It was a very inspiring atmosphere. Also one of my mother`s best friends is a painter Svetlana Dubinsky, who lived next door when I was a child. So art was a very near and natural environment for me. Later art schools have probably influenced me a lot. Inspiration can come from different things, people or something I read. One major inspiration for me is nature. I live near the forest and the sea and just walking and looking at the sea is something that is refreshing and inspiring. The light at the sea is different each moment.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
AL –
It is challenging to be an artist. To find a spirit to create artwork. A major abstract challenge is the question of what art is needed in the world. I ask myself that question quite a lot. What my painting could give to the viewer. Sometimes sense of joy or harmony can be enough. Many times I want to show the natural world in my artwork. Even if I can do very little, I want to take a stand. In these times I think the most important issue continues to be the environment.

LC – How is your creative process?
AL –
In painting, it is quite intuitive. Colours and shapes know their way on the canvas. I`m trying to get them in balance and little by little painting takes shape.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
AL –
I think it`s great! It connects people and space, dealing with the urban and natural world. The theme of exhibition gave also a lot of freedom.

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LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
AL –
My oil painting “Delight” is a half-abstract picture of a flourishing garden. It is impossible to say if the painting is from an urban or natural environment. A garden is something that connects all of us together. It is part of basic human needs. There are many different colours of expressive brush strokes combining flowers and plants, giving them a sense of movement.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AL –
Yes! Communication was very friendly, clear and professional.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AL –
The concept of the ITSLIQUID Platform is brilliant. Connecting different art forms together and creating possibilities and needed visibility for artists is great.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AL –
I think London Contemporary 2023 was well organized. For artist, it is a good possibility to show one`s work in London.

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