I am delighted to be introducing many of you, and reintroducing others of you, to FANTASTICAL artist Anna Mond!
Mond is the brilliant mind behind the Fantastical Beings universe, full of creatures inhabiting their own world, familiar and yet unfamiliar to us. Each one unique, each one new, but each with similarities, for example reptilian skin, big eyes and small nostrils.
You may even recognise some of them! See Jackie Kennedy, Cinderella, Madona and more.
Born in Russia, and currently in Germany, Mond and I discussed many aspects of her work and life. We talk about childhoods, best reactions, Fantastical Beings, best artists and more.
ANNA, LET'S START THIS INTERVIEW WITH A SHORT ONE. What three words would you use to describe your work?
Fantasticalizm x 3 = Anna Mond
PERFECET. AND TELL ME, WHERE ARE YOU LIVING AT THE MOMENT?
I was born in a small town in Southern Russia. Being of German decent my family repatriated to Germany in mid-90s where I still reside.
How were you trained?
Art schools are very good (in academic sense), and I attended one since early age right up until I moved to Germany. It was time to pause with school anyway as precision and execution Russian teachers demanded of me wasn't something I wanted any longer. I can say the vision of how it should be for me began then.
THAT'S FASCINATING. FROM ART SCHOOL, Can you tell us a bit about your process, and how each of your artwork comes to be?
Since I primarily function in my Fantastical Universe, the outside world, when I come in contact with it, is immediately tilts to me, and is filtered and viewed through my prism of Fantasticalizm. In the process I collect images and ideas, from past, present and future and compartmentalize them based on urgency and importance. Some things must be done immediately, and others must wait until their number is called.
I'VE LOVED LEARNING ABOUT YOUR FANTASTICAL UNIVERSE, AND IT'S FASCINATING THAT IT DISTORTS AND FILTERS WHAT YOU SEE. What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist?
Honesty with yourself.
Who or what are your biggest influences to your work Anna?
The biggest influence on me is myself.
And, Is colour important to you?
Absolutely! Color is extremely important. There are numerous emotional deviations in tones of each color. I spend a lot of time creating the exact color scheme in each painting to make sure the colors understand exactly what I want them to say.
So each work is determined on intention and what the viewer takes away? Tell me, What is your intention with scale?
I'm working on creating a sort of Fantascical team of beings. In time I will give them the proportions they deserve - giant.
What memorable responses have you had to your work? And which artwork would you like people to remember you for?
"Dead artist I don't know about!" was the best description. LOL.
Who will remember what is too soon to say, I'm not dead yet and I'm creating new pieces almost daily but me personally, I'll remember the first Fantascical Being, the Mother of All.
Haha! Anna, I'm always fascinated to know: do you have a daily routine when you get in the studio to get into the flow?
I am a very disciplined person and working from home is my way to live and create, without losing time on commute or unnecessary interactions. Limiting distractions is very important to me. In my home studio I control everything.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
Real human interaction may be limited but I'm constantly in contact with friends, clients and fans around the world thanks to social media.
I feel the same. What excites you most about your future? And what would be your dream project?
Being able to do what I do excites me most, which in turn fuels my creativity even further. Tegel Airport opened recently in Berlin. I wouldn't mind giving it and other air hubs around my country a Fantastical makeover so people arriving to Germany right away know this is The place.
What are some values and beliefs you live your life by?
Eat well, sleep well, love and paint beautiful things.
In your opinion, what makes a great artist?
Personality makes an artist. The brighter the personality, the brighter the work.
and finally... who are your Favourite historical female artists?
My Grandma, Atsuko Tanaka, Clementine Hunter, Zinaida Serebryakova, Sister Plautilla Nelli