Ana Popescu’s recent art exhibition at the Ravnikar Gallery Space sparked this interview we are presenting today. Ana is a Romania-born artist and illustrator, whose drawings are results of her fascination with different visual impressions, such as light, shade scenes, space, etc. Today we have the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her work and creative process.
Hi Ana! First of all, thank you for agreeing to this interview and welcome to Māgoa. Could you quickly introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, I am Ana, I was born in Romania, but grew up in France. I studied printmaking and drawing at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and have been working here as an artist and illustrator.
We greatly admire your talent, which we discovered at your recent exhibition at Ravnikar Gallery Space. Could you describe your beginnings in the creative field, when did it all start and the reasons behind it?
Well it started let’s say with my studies. I was drawing a lot before, but I don’t count this as my beginnings. After my studies, I worked small part-time jobs, but after about 2 years I quit everything to try and make it as a full-time artist. The beginning was interesting; it was all about finding the right balance between commissioned illustration and my artistic work. The reason behind it is mainly because I was greatly interested in producing art already before I decided to study it.
How does your creative process look like?
It depends, but mainly I collect visual impressions by taking pictures or making small sketches or analyzing previous works and I combine those elements in my new pieces. I have a big database of images.
What do you feel, when you draw?
Mainly frustration and sometimes satisfaction.
Where do you find your inspiration? Is it on social media, art history, everyday life or something else?
Mainly in everyday life. I am fascinated by visual impressions such as light and shade scenes, space, etc.
How do you get unstuck creatively?
Leaving the one project aside and working on another one for some time. Or just try again and again.
A few quick-fire questions. Your favorite color/app/song/season?
Blue / Quit it, my nonsmoking app/ no favorite song / any season.
Which artists do you value the most, or who really inspires you?
I really like Alex Katz a lot, also Vuillard, Georges de La Tour amongst a lot of others.
How do you want your art to impact people?
I never really thought about that, but I guess when people are visually fascinated, that’s something that makes me happy.
How much has social media shaped career and design?
Quite a lot. Instagram is a very good way of making your art to be seen by people.
Which websites, Instagram profiles or blogs do you like to visit on a daily basis?
lemonde.fr for news, on Instagram I follow a lot of artists that I really appreciate, for example Kevin McNamee-Tweed; I really love his work!
How does your normal day look like? Do you have a strict daily routine?
I go to the studio in the morning and work until the evening. That’s pretty much my everyday routine, except maybe on the weekends. I would say that I have a pretty normal working rhythm.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m doing Japanese language courses at the moment.
How would your friends describe you?
Active and a cheese enthusiast.
What are your plans for the future? Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share with our readers?
I would like to paint way bigger, that’s one of my future plans. Also, some exciting upcoming projects, but I can’t say more about that at the moment.
Ana, thank you very much for your time and answers. The best of luck with your career and upcoming projects!