• Elika Bo

*INTERVIEW*with Anna Horeglad, about inspiration, artistic experience and love for experimental art.

🌿What is your routine during the current situation?

I found myself lost at first. So, I sat and done some thinking about what I can do to change, as my routine was not available anymore. I was feeling low and agitated at the same time, and could not focus on anything, even if I had any ideas what to do, I just could not put anything in place. I found it difficult to motivate myself, even though I would enjoy working on my own usually. I have decided to start my mornings disconnected from the world, no internet, no music, just carry on writing. I tune into peaceful and joyful mornings, of birds singing, and I write and journal whatever comes to my mind, it helps me to declutter my busy and anxious mind. I find writing helps me with anxiety a lot and this is a very precious and important part of the day. And if we speak about my art practice, I have decided to take a short break from creating, and focus on other things, like mental health instead. Recently I have been invited to join a community project, founded by my close friend and fellow artist Lara Hailey, looking forward to starting working on it.

"All That Remains", Anna Horeglkad & Lara Hailey, The Stour Space, 2019

🌿 How has your practice change over time?

It used to be a 2D artist mostly, consciously, but once I became a florist, I have realized how much I enjoy making art installations. I remember, once when I was a child, I was craving to create sculptures, so I ventured into the fields, nearby my home, to get some and ended up hiding it in my room, away from my parents, only for it to dry so quickly I did not even have a chance to try it out, but the passion and curiosity stayed with me even until now. I am thankful to be part at Mary Ward Center, where I can let my self play and experiment with clay, and other sculpture materials. In my recent projects, I have created numerous installations, by using sculpture pieces, made from different materials. It takes lots of experimentation, ups and downs, mentally and physically to create something I vision, and I always have a feeling that no matter what, it is worth it to work so hard on it.

"Play Room", Anna Horeglad, The Biscuit Factory - Art.23 Gallery, London, 2019

🌿What is your favourite artwork ever?

That is a difficult question… I don’t think I have only one. My first was an old landscape painting ( unknown artist ) in my parent's room. I could sit and look at it for hours as a child and it felt like as if I was shifting myself into it, like different demotion sort of…it is still there above my mother's bed and I still enjoy it the same when I am visiting my mum, it gives me some kind of peace, rest from all the troubles, makes me feel whole and connected inside. Years later, in my teenage years, I discovered Salvador Dali and his incredible artwork “Burning Giraffe” along with “Szal” by polish painter Wladyslaw Podkowinski. Also, I'm absolutely in love with Yayoi Kusama polka dots and her infinity rooms.

🌿What is the biggest inspiration in your creative practice?

I would say life in general, and everything that comes with it. The beauty of it and all of the struggles. Connection or lack of it, feelings and emotions.

" Sewn Antidote" - a project founded by Lara Hailey, 2020

🌿 How do you find inspiration?

Oh gosh! it's everywhere! Sometimes even too much! Even walking on a street, something will catch my eye and my mind will go. It can be a person or a texture of a pavement, a leaf, a tree in a park, a dream, a story I heard from someone, a movie, a tune, my loved ones, and artists story life and their works… I can’t stop it. When something gets me I can't help it but to analyze it and feel it through. The best way is to sit with it, feel it. need to write all of my thoughts and ideas because my head is going bonkers and I feel overwhelmed. The whole thing is to feel it, not only see it, if that makes any sense. It's easy, but a very chaotic part of my process. I have a habit to keep all of this for myself, express it only inside my world and being too afraid to show it. But to frame it and to make it happen, is another story. Lucky enough I met John Gosnell, who is a co-founder of the Promethean art collective. He lifted me, as a person and as an artist, and dragged me into an art collective, where I met other inspirational and beautiful artists. Working collectively has helped me to not only visualize but also create artwork.

"Play Room", Anna Horeglad, The Biscuit Factory - Art.23 Gallery, London, 2019

🌿How would you describe your current practice?

Mainly it is a lot of thinking, to start the project, It is all about the concept and then it follows with experimentation and constant learning, which I love. Each material gives an infinity of possibilities for the endpoint. I would say, I am currently obsessed with trying out new materials and objects, always eager to see and try new things.

One of my obsessions is texture and recently I have been trying all sorts of materials to make it. I also enjoy creating an interactive installation, where I try to trigger all the senses of the viewer. We are all different and react in specific ways to what we see or hear.

"All That Remains", Anna Horeglkad & Lara Hailey, The Stour Space, 2019


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