Studio Visit Book Vol. 1


In Studio with the Artist Anastasia Parmson

Ever wondered what magic simple black lines can create? Ever stepped into a black-and-white three-dimensional room and wondered if you could sit and relax on that chair, work on that table, or just admire the work the artist has created?

In a studio conversation with the artist, Anastasia Parmson whose black-and-white artwork will sweep you away. Anastasia creates drawing installations of domestic interiors that are full of minute details, autobiographical and pop culture references, and sometimes obscure inside jokes. All of those details outline glimpses into who she is. In an exclusive interview with Anastasia Parmson, she shares amusingly what a typical day looks like for her, what she wishes for her dream studio to be like, and much more.

What does a day in the studio look like for you?

I get to the studio and make myself a cup of tea or grab a cold drink from the fridge, depending on the weather. I sit at the desk and make a list of everything I need and want to do just to empty my brain. The list is always far too long so I choose three things that are a priority for that day and get to it. I get all the necessary tools out and do some work. Sometimes, if it’s going well, I forget to eat and drink and get home in the late evening. Other times, I just stare into space or procrastinate by scrolling through social media.

What is your favorite memory or incident from your studio?

The most remarkable memory I have from my studio is when the art transport people came with their truck to transport everything I had spent six months making to an exhibition. I was so nervous but it also felt like a major achievement.

Do you have any studio assistants or are you often accompanied by any visitors like pets or kids?

My current studio is open for visits. Sometimes my studio neighbours pop by for a chat. Usually it’s just me though. I like to work on my own. In fact, my favorite and most productive days in the studio are always the days when I’m the only person in the building. There’s something about a quiet empty space that really helps me focus.

Can you share three of your favorite works from the past and present?

My thinking chair is actually painted and drawn onto a vintage Alvar Aalto armchair. It was given to me by a family member because it was pretty damaged and beaten up. I fixed it and drew on it and now you wouldn’t know the difference. Artek furniture is my favorite canvas, the bent plywood is fantastic for my drawing style and of course I love the Nordic design. It’s a pretty special and valuable piece.

Cuckoo clock (Käokell) is one of my most recent pieces with moving parts. It represents a very vivid childhood memory: the sounds and smells of an elderly relative’s home where the cuckoo clock announced and counted each hour.

Untitled (Шоколадка) is a small but mighty piece that I hold dear. It’s so simple, yet evocative of certain times, events and feelings. I find it very appealing and tactile, this is an artwork that I cannot blame the audience for wanting to touch.

How would you describe a dream studio for yourself?

My dream studio would look a lot like CJ Hendry’s studio in Green Point: large industrial space with indirect light or perhaps big windows on one side. It would have dedicated sections for woodwork and dusty jobs, a spray painting section, a clean drawing section for those pristine white pieces and an office space with an adjustable desk. There would be a well lit spot for photographing all the works and a small display area to show finished works to visitors. My dream studio would also have a small voice recording room for podcasting and of course a nice kitchenette with a proper coffee machine, all the snacks and a fridge fully stocked with sparkling water.

What does your studio smell of right now?

My studio smells black and white. It’s very tidy and cozy, almost too clean to be an art studio!

If you get a chance to set up your studio anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Under current circumstances, I would like it to be somewhere in a big city that has a strong international art scene. LA, NYC, Berlin. Maybe Switzerland or Paris. But If I could set up my studio anywhere in the world I would want to make it an itinerant one so I am not tied to one place and can travel.

What are you currently working on?

I am finishing up some pieces I haven’t gotten around to in a while. I am working on a couple of secret projects, which will be made public when they (hopefully) work out and go into production. Watch this space.

How do you organize your space?

I am fairly well organized and like to keep my space tidy. Everything is organized by task category because specific stages are required to do my work.

Favorite corner in your studio?

The thinking chair where I sit when I need to figure something out or just to relax.

Read more about Anastasia Parmson on her Website and Instagram.

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