This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Anna Fafaliou.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
The nature of my work has always been around the relationship between object, memory, and identity.
The communicate that with my sculptures by modifying and distorting everyday objects and materials to an extent that the viewers can actually feel some type of compassion when staring at them. I believe that people tend to relate to art when they are able to make a personal reference, which helps them understand their nature. Therefore, I consider my pieces as a metaphorical mirror, which reflects the relationships between memory, identity, and the object.
Only recently have I decided to shift my attention to the relationship of the identity and emotional expression. It came as a natural continuation, after giving so much focus on objects and memory, to finally dig into some restrictive inner parts. My latest piece was a neon sculpture commissioned by Nike that showed the importance of inner strength, persistence, and progression. I was inspired by the Olympic & World Champion in Pole Vault, Katerina Stefanidi.
2018, Neon, Commissioned by Nike
What is an artist’s responsibility?
An artist’s responsibility should not be to rely on what has made them a success. The importance of making progress and the willpower for communicating your work to the public is a key element. You have to be clear on what it is you are conveying—otherwise it is just more stuff in a room. Being an artist gives you all the freedom of experimentation, failure, and success you might ask for; so, in a way being creative, innovative, and progressive are the three key words for me.
Torso, 2016–17, Plaster cast
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
I don’t think it’s the greatest thing I ever done but it means a lot to me on my many levels. It’s the all I can remember installation/performance that I first did in London in 2015:
All I Can Remember, 2015
I believed in you is also an absolute favorite.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
There are a few ideas in my mind… but what if I ever do make them?! Surely, I imagine one of them to be a public piece of an extremely large scale.
Few things we left unsaid, 2017, neon
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
Helene Appel, Sara Barker, and Chrysanthi Koumianaki.
—The ArtSlant Team
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