MINSU Meets... Anysia Nefissi 023

August 26, 2018

 

 

Where are you from and when did you start working in the creative industries?

 

I am from Paris, born and raised. My artistic career started about 5 years ago when I started studying Arts and Literature for 4 years with an Art History and Cinema specialization. After my graduation, I’ve started professionally my practice while working in the fashion and luxury industries and completing my studies with Fashion Communication courses. Both universes inspired me a lot and still feed my works. I started exhibiting, building my network, collaborating and sharing my Art about 2 years ago now. I truly believe that when you assume showing your creations - it definitely takes another dimension and you start considering what was a hobby as a work.

 

What projects are you currently working on?

 

I am currently working on two series. One is called « cloud streets » based on the abstraction side of figurative natural elements and the other « Mirrors paintings » where the use of the object (the mirror) as a canvas is seen as a physical reflection thinking leading to an identity quest - an open window of the soul.

 

 

 

 

What is the creative scene like where you are?

 

I am living between London and Paris and have to say that these two cities are really different in terms of energy and general atmosphere. The funny thing is I don’t have the same « artistic mood » while creating in one or another city. My colour palette, shapes, influences could be totally far from each other. I see my Art as an automatic writing - mainly based on psychoanalysis and experimental and alternative forms of representation so the environment where I create is crucial.

 

What would you say have been your career highlights so far?

 

A performance for Off-Print at the Tate and to have the luck to exhibit in cities such as New-York, Madrid, London, Berlin and Paris were definitely amazing experiences. Also, to lead workshops, collaborate with other artists and meet people who wanted to develop their practice and learn from my modest career gave to my practice another breath.

 

 

 

We are all about collaboration - do you think this is an important part of creating and if so then how has it changed the way you work?

 

Definitely. Sharing ideas, work even moments of life with other creatives is one of the key of making your Art richer in terms of meaning - with meaning, I mean consistency. First, for not getting bored and opening your mind to the artistic sphere and all the possibilities it conveys. I don’t believe in the solitary artist state of mind. Doing Arts is indeed about giving and receiving.

 

Who was/is your main influence?

 

All of the Arts inspire my works. I don’t have one and only influence and I don’t really get influenced but more inspired by a movement. I read a lot of philosophy and listen to a lot of different styles of music. Let’s say that today I read some Hippocrate aphorisms, watched a Wes Anderson clip and listened to Jamie XX. Eclectic, you see.

 

3 creators we should be checking out?

 

Coco Capitan

Trevor Andrew

Kasper Sonne

 

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