Hand coloured collagraph
Angel Thinking (frd)
Unzipping my Dress
34 x 24 cm
I have been making pictures of my everyday life, like a visual diary, for the past 30 years. I use a variety of media including many printmaking techniques and types of paint, choosing the most appropriate for the feeling I want to convey in each image.
I work entirely from memory and don’t use any visual reference like photographs or working from life although I do draw from life as an exercise. This is because I want to express what things feel like rather than what they look like. Although my pictures are self portraits I hope that people see themselves in them, not me. We are all much more alike than we think.
My pictures are a celebration of ordinariness and also about loss. This might not be obvious, because they seem very happy, but the impetus for me is to try to hold onto very small moments which may not seem special at the time, but are what I would miss most if everything were taken away from me.
I grew up with a very strong awareness of how lucky I am as my father’s family were Hungarian Jewish refugees from war torn Europe who lost everything (including family members) apart from their lives. I think there is too little respect for the art of happiness. Just as drama is often seen as more worthy than comedy, everyone wants seems to want to express darkness and pain at the moment. I know my work is quite unfashionable, but as an artist this is not something you can do anything about. You just do what you need to do, and it is a lovely reward if other people want to live with it or look at it.
Anita's print works start from under £100, more available in the gallery