Anastasia Klose with Natalie King
The Happy Artist
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
19 March – 18 April
Natalie King: Can you tell me about the title of your recent exhibition The Happy Artist at Tolarno Galleries in Melbourne?
Anastasia Klose: The title The Happy Artist leapt into my head one day while at the office, and I couldn’t get rid of it. To me, it’s the perfect title for the exhibition, because it has so many different interpretations. At first glance, you might think it was an ironic title, as a lot of my subject matter is about petty grievances in life and struggling on and that sort of thing. But in fact the title is not ironic, because being an artist is actually the happiest thing I could be. Self expression and creating things and constructing my own world are a very liberating thing to do. I love the notion that in our culture, “artists” more than anyone else are permitted to be the most themselves, and the most ‘extreme’.