At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Anastasia Lobanova to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artworks?
– For this series, I drew inspiration from the enchanting world of circus, buffoonery, magic, and theater. That's why I named these pieces 'Stilt Walkers' and 'Good Fortune Tellers'.
What technique have you used?
– I handcraft each piece using clay, employing the hand-build technique. After shaping and painting them by hand, I carefully glaze and double-fire the items to ensure their durability and beauty.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– I've always had a thing for the stage, circus, and theater. When I was a kid, my mom would often take me to see performances in theaters, and my older brother worked as a scenography artist in children's theater. I just love the magical world, vibrant colors, quirky unusual characters, but also the boundless energy and courage in those places. That's where I have collected ideas for these series.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– I don't have a formal artistic training, my background is in science, but I have been drawn to arts and crafts since forever. I've been inseparable from my camera since I was 17, and for the past five years, I've spent most of my free time in ceramics studios in Palermo and Berlin, where I currently live and work.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Fun, witty, and quirky (with a touch of absurdity!)