Your work is deeply rooted in human activities — how did your childhood inspire your art?
When I was a kid I spent my summers with my grandparents. Being around them, I observed their daily routines, how they worked in the garden or in the kitchen. One of my grandmothers was a great cook. I remember her making different types of dough and especially how she kneaded the material. When I am in the process of making a sculpture sometimes it reminds me of her kneading dough. There is another important influence from my childhood: since my parents are actors, sometimes I had the opportunity of watching them at work. I witnessed how the magic of art is gone in one second and comes back again in the next during a rehearsal of a performance. There is a fine and fragile line between art and life with a vulnerable shift. These types of memories formed the way how I look at art today.
Why did you decide to use a variety of media?
There was a time when I tried to deal with only one media. It just didn’t work for me, because I felt that I was constricting myself. I need more space and freedom than that. Even though I work with different media parallel to each other like painting and photography, I always focus on one major media, which is currently sculpture.
What kind of daily experiences trigger your work? Is there a particular ‘theme’ that inspires you?
I love the marks of human and natural activity, and I take photos of abandoned objects all the time. They all tell stories of their past, and about their existence. They also remind me of the aesthetics of movements from the past century, like conceptual art, minimalism or pop art, which gives them an additional conceptual filter...
Are you usually aware of the current art-world trends? Do you follow them?
I follow contemporary art by traveling and visiting exhibitions abroad. The internet is also a great help to search for up-to-date artists and artworks. I am thrilled by the momentary flutter of contemporary installation art, for instance. To be honest, I am less digital and more material-minded... I prefer works which are down-to-earth and have a certain aura. My greatest influences are mainly from the second part of the last century.
You were educated to become an art teacher. Is that something that you still pursue in your daily life, or have you wholeheartedly dedicated yourself for creation?
I teach art and English. Working with children is so creative and inspiring! I love the way they look at the world. Their artworks are so fresh, vivid, honest and sometimes very funny. They actually inspire me a lot.
Please tell a little about your works on ArtConscious!
My brand new series on ArtConscious is Laundry Sculptures. When I was at home and I looked around myself in the bathroom, there were laundry piles everywhere, selected by colours. I started to look at them as if they were 3-dimensional, monochrome collages. I looked at them as they were art pieces. I wanted to recreate them, making my own painted, patterned clothes sculptures. This series is a playful manifestation of looking at everyday objects through the eye of a contemporary artist.
(Artwork: Anna Eszter Tóth: Patterned Laundry No.5)