Anne storno : An inspired artist

How did you find your voice as an artist ?

I was initially interested in Art history, especially Modern and Contemporary art. I have always been drawing since I am young but it is only after a few years studying art, visiting galleries and meeting artists that I decided to make the plunge and to sell my artworks.

I discovered mixed media and collage at Central St Martin, relying on photography, drawing, paint and collage to explore the world around me. After a few years, I have explored screen-printing technics. I like the screenprinting media because it is no longer confined to a simple impression on paper: it offers artists a way to experiment and fail, to test colour relationships and play with ideas.

Today I mix different technics. Most of my works are based on collages, transformed into a hand made screen print.

Painting by Anne Storno: The Flying girls, 2016, Lithography on Paper, Cardboard, 30 x 40 cm

What do you enjoy most about your work ?

Often appropriating visual themes and incorporating these as printed motifs, I adopt a playful approach in my practice.

I interact with existing materials – anything like newsprint, magazines, maps and photographs – to rip them apart and then reassemble them, creating visually dynamic hybrids.

In my artworks, images are combined, removed from their original narrative context and reconfigured into a new scenario.

I appreciate the messiness of sticky glue, soggy paper and the unpredictable nature of the final product.

With the development of the digital, I am also interested in working on the boundaries between collage and technology.

Painting by Anne Storno: Paradise is a Library, 2017, Lithography on Paper, Cardboard, 70 x 50 cm

Which artists do you admire ? A few of your favourite artists ?

I am a big fan of Anselm Kiefer, a German painter and sculptor. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.

I also like Joseph Cornell that I discovered last year for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of London.

Influenced by the Surrealists, Cornell took collage into new directions with his pioneering work in assemblage. He lived in New York, daily collecting the materials for his art from the bookshops and antique shops of Manhattan. He is very famous for his intricate woodenboxes, filled with lithographs, colourful birds and other trivia.

I also like artists from the pop art movement like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I appreciate the concept that there is no hierarchy of culture and that art may borrow from any source including mass culture objects and media stars.

Painting by Anne Storno: London Pride, 2018, 60 x 80 cm

Where do you get your inspiration from ?

Inspiration is found in my surroundings: colours, lines, shapes and patterns that can be found in cities, design and fashion.

I create surreal and simple works, often using images of space and woman to bring an inimitable perspective on everyday life.

I also try to find humour in day to day life. I am very inspired by pets and their special place in our family life.

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