Meet the artist...Aleksandra Koson
What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?
Last year I was in Japan and I was inspired by landscape paintings from XVIII / XIX century. In my work I mainly focus on landscapes and I also like to work with ink and brushes so I decided to do a series of works experimenting with those mediums and trying to recreate Japanese sceneries.
Who has influenced your work the most?
I think Avis Newman’s work ihas nfluenced me the most but I also like Nabuhiro Nakanishi, Julie Mehretu and Monika Niwelinska.
When did you know that you want to pursue a career as an artist?
I had my first thoughts about artist career when I was in high school. Later in life I discovered works by Olafur Eliasson and I realised that being an artist is not just about being able to draw nicely, but that it also requires full involvement and constant development, study and collaboration. It gave me a lot of motivation.
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
I would like to encourage viewers to look at my work and try to focus on subtle details, which may bring back memories. I know my paintings are more abstract than representational but I want to provoke and play with their imagination.
What three things are essential to your practice?
Memory, nostalgia and landscapes.
What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?
I really loved two exhibitions by Anselm Kiefer at White Cube and Royal Academy of Arts -they were very strong and powerful.