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Meet the Artist | Interview with Anni Laukka

Recently joining DegreeArt as one of our talented graduate artists, Anni Laukka is a photographer from Finland. Disclosing the vital parts of everyday life that often go unnoticed, Anni's work emphasise humanity and emotion from a unique perspective. Read more to find out about Anni's background, inspiration and goals as a young artist. 

1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?

Both conceptualism and metamodernism. For me the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work, it leads the way to the choice of technique and finishing. Often my art starts with photography, but it can finally turn into sculpture, installation, video or other forms of art, whatever I feel that best transmits the matter. But still I want the result to work well visually and/or through experience. My works are both current and timeless at the same time.

2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?

I go to my studio to work — the bigger space the bigger I can think and work. The best ideas come when I have time and space to think, and when I start to work the time of the day doesn't play a role, I often lose track of time and could easily work through the whole night and day without stopping.

3) How do you describe your 'creative process'?

My creative process starts with an insight, thought or opinion that gets a visual form in my head. I do not want to lock in how the result is going to be, I usually get inspired during the process and the work evolves all the time until it gets its final form.

4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?

I really love the work of the Finnish traditional painters Helene Shjerfbeck, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Albert Edefelt but most inspiring is to see artists that think and work beyond limits, like Marcel Duchamp, Roland Persson and Damien Hirst.

5) If you weren't an artist, what would you do?

I have an earlier degree and I have been working as a kindergarten teacher for ten years. Without art, I would probably still be in daycare teaching children.

6) What do you listen to for inspiration?

When working with art I either listen to really sugary love songs and sing along, listen to books or just work in silence.

7) If you could own one artwork, and money was no object, which piece would you acquire?

It would be the Queen Bianca by Albert Edelfelt. I would love to see the love and joy between a mother and son on the wall of my living room and admire the details of that wonderful painting.

8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?

I would love to have my work exhibited in Documenta or Venice Biennale, or part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York or in Tate Modern, London.

9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?

Stop dreaming, make a plan and work hard towards getting to live your dream instead.


10) What is your favorite book of all time (fiction or non fiction)?

The best lesson was to learn to think bigger and to realize that most boundaries are only in our heads.

11) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non traditional art setting, where would that be?

I would love to hang a work that emphasizes humanity and reminds of important matters in places where politicians and businessmen make decisions, so I guess the White House, Wall Street and the Parlament of EU would be great places to hang art.

12) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?

The best lesson was to learn to think bigger and to realize that most boundaries are only in our heads.

13) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?

You will find me working full time with my art in an even bigger studio and exhibiting in different countries

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