@agnese_taurina_illustration

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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I am from Riga (Latvia) but I spent last 4 years in London where I studied graphic design and illustration. I recently finished my BA studies at Central Saint Martins and moved back to my home city for a year as it is cheaper to live/work here than in London and it allows me to invest more time in creating my art print collection. In my works I am exploring states of mind such as contemplation, ecstasy, trance. I often find these themes discussed in old yoga scriptures and Indian mythology. That’s why you sometimes see words /phrases written in Sanskrit in my works -they come from these texts. Parallel to making artworks I still create editorial illustrations, posters, book design which I also really enjoy.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

It is bold, sensual and decorative but still quite clean. I have noticed that my illustrations are possibly influenced by my graphic design practice – I prefer to use limited amount of colours and I make my illustrations similarly as I would design a poster.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

It is screen-printing because it gives nice textures and the result is always slightly unpredictable.

4. What is your artistic process like?

Usually I develop one image over quite a long time – initially I just follow my instinct and sketch something that just appears in my mind and then I let my sketches to sit in my notebook sometimes even for months. After a while I look at them with fresh eyes and finish them. This approach applies to my personal projects, but the process looks different when I work with commissions – then I begin with research, analysis, strategy.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Love-making

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you
view the world?

It is my way of creating alternative realities so I rarely complain about things as I feel I have some special power to make my own version of this world.

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7. Where did you study?

At Central Saint Martins

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

I quite enjoy being my own director. I am organised and entrepreneurial so freelancing / working with commissioned projects seems a good option for me.

9. What about in ten?

I have a secret business idea which is not related to art and which hopefully will make some good income, so that the rest of the time I can just make art prints.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Make a shelter or an island to live in.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your
favourite food?

Inari Zushi – rice in a soya curd pocket

12. Favourite book?

I read a lot and I cannot pick one book but if I really tried – it would be something from Hesse or Tolstoy

13. Favourite genre of music?

I can live long periods without music at all or listen to some ethereal music such as Air, Ravi Shankar, Japanese folk music

14. What are your hobbies?

Walking long distances. I like both urban discoveries and mountainhiking / retreats in wilderness.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

From grade 1 until applying for Uni I was interested in architecture and I planned to study it at CSM. I even went to open days in the architecture department there but my inner voice whispered me not to do it and I ended up in graphic design/illustration.

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