Here’s my Interview with Anopsy. A talented female street artist based in Netherlands.
Hi Anopsy, can you tell us where you from ?
I’m originally polish,from a small town Lubsko in west part of Poland. But I live for almost 12 years in the Netherlands.
Anopsy is a tag name ? If yes can you tell us a bit more ?
Yes, when I started to put my works on the streets I used no name.
When my works began to oscillate around topics of mind and consciousness, I thought It would be nice to put them all in one place on internet and to give the project a name. I thought that Anonymous Psychonautes, would be nice. Sadly, my tagging skills were not so good at that moment (to be honest they’re not much better right now) so I had to shorten the name to AnoPsy. I looked it up in a dictionary and its meaning appealed to me a lot. Soon after I made transition from stencils to freehand painting and I thought it’s a perfect nickname for my new activity.
How did it all start ? (about your artwork )
It started when I was a teenager and grew interest in hip hop culture. It was back then very hard to get spray cans in my town, anyway I bought some paint for cars and did my first illegal graffiti and of course it sucked, so I got a bit more focused on sketching and drawing. Later I discovered stencil technique and when I moved to the Netherlands I got deeper into it. My stencils grew from small a4 to bigger ones, like 2m by 2m. I think a bit more than 2 years ago, I got a chance to paint a big mural. Because it wasn’t so convenient anymore to use stencils – I dared to paint it freehand. That was a moment when I thought, if I can paint a face that’s like 10m big, why don’t try to paint them at the usual size I work with. This is how it started.
Do you think you’re a street artist ? an artist ?
It depends on how and who defines street-art and art.
As far as I understand, street-art is historically a form of art that’s executed on the streets in order to protest, to oppose, disrupt or give a food for thought.
So I don’t really feel I fit into that definition. But since the notion of street-art became more fluid and means any kind of art in a public space -people call me a street artist and I don’t mind.
I never felt to much of an artist, I used to paint things because it was fun to upgrade my skills and to get better everytime. At the moment I see I have certain freedom of expression, and I can better translate my ideas into the visual language, I kinda feel I can express some things and that some people will feel addressed by it. This is a bit my simple definition of art. Thus I can say I’m gradually becoming an artist.
Where can we see your artworks ?
I usually paint in Amsterdam, my favourite spots are NDSM and Flevopark. I love Koog aan de Zaan – skatepark, due to diversity of its walls.I painted lately in Den Bosch and in Eindhoven. I go now and then to Germany (Berlin, Hamburg) to paint there, and it inspires me a lot. I also regulary put some works in my hometown Lubsko but i try to visit other spots in Poland.
Did you already work with other artists ?
I do paint a lot with other artists, very often graffiti writers. I love to combine skills and imagination. It’s great.
Do you have projects in the next few months ?
The summer is coming so there’s a list of places where I would like to paint, both to paint independently on the streets and within the concept of graffiti jam or street art festival. That’s always fun to do.
I also work on a series of portraits of Techno-legends. I painted already Carl Cox and plan to finish this one by the end of September. Another really exciting project I would like to focus on this summer is my project “It’s alive” – where I map visuals onto large scale portraits, making them move, speak and fill with colours and patterns. I do this since my second big passion is video art.
Who is your favorite artist ? or Street artist ?
I’m a huge fan of Sebas Velasco, the vibrancy of his portraits hits me every time I see them. I would love to see him painting once. If I had to chose somebody who’s not a street artist it would be the father of polish Symbolism – Jacek Malczewski.
A dream place you would like to paint ?
I would love to go to France and to Belgium, and visit other countries in Europe I’ve never been to. But I don’t have a specific dream place.
Hobbies exept art ?
Yes, videos and visuals. Apart from that I’m Game of Thrones theories geek- I can read for hours through reddit posts on that topic. Oh, and I love to read Wikipedia for hours, as if it was an Agatha Christie’s book.
Thank’s a lot Anopsy.
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