Meet the artist, Anastasija Pudane
MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Art, 2019
Anastajia is a narrative focused freelance illustrator currently living and working in London. Her work, often described as mythic and poetic, brings femininity to the forefront. She draws inspiration from experiences and often refers to her illustrations as a visual diary that focuses on emotions that surround recent experiences.
With a hint of nostalgia, Anastajia captures these emotions to reveal the true grit of the human mental state. Her work flows between varied forms of media, including drawing, painting, monotype and screen-printing.
What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop? And how did you make the pieces in not just a shop?
I prefer working analogue – drawing or painting by hand, and printmaking is my favourite thing, so the process of this print started as a small painting which was just a stepping stone in the whole process. And then one morning I woke up with the quote from Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84: ‘If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.’
I read 1Q84 over two years ago and the overall feel of this book stayed in my memory. Perhaps the cold air of that particular morning reminded me of the story, and I had these characters in my head straight away, so I started to play around with paper cut outs and sheets of mark-making until the artwork was ready to be taken through the screen printing process. ‘Love in a cold climate’ is a narrative inspired by Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. What interests me the most is that the authors’ protagonists are always missing something, searching for it, surviving these experiences and then in the end they are not sure anymore whether it’s the same thing they were after or if it’s still needed. In this artwork I wanted to explore the idea of yearning, these characters are incomplete without each other, they love each other but they can’t get together. Apparently, infatuation lasts for approximately a few days or weeks up to a year or so, so this scenario is about them being in love and at the stage of strong passion. I’m currently working on a body of work about human relationships in different scenarios.