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Converse Shortlist: Francesca Anfossi

Dazed present the second emerging artist in our Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2010 shortlist

The second in our series of profiles, focusing on the five Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award short listed entrants, presents the Italian born and London based, Francesca Anfossi.

Moving to London in 1999 Anfossi studied at both Camberwell College of Art and Middlesex University, finally graduating from the prestigious Slade School of Art's MFA Painting in 2008. 
Anfossi's work, using video, painting and sculpture, takes inspiration from the everyday and combines it with memories of her childhood, which she juxtaposes in varying forms of installation. 
The results are an idealised view of places she visited while growing up in a small tourist village, steeped in the emotion she has attached to them.

Using found imagery as the starting point for much of her work there is a nod towards the surreal with her bright, hazy collages which offer a contemplative, yet strangely optimistic, view of the world.

Concurrent with her dreamlike aesthetic, Anfossi quotes Iza Genzken, Fischli & Weiss, Ettore Sottsass and playful French film maker Michel Gondry amongst her artistic heroes, while stating her ‘artistic icon’ as none other than the family friendly yet subtely subversive Walt Disney.

Dazed Digital: What made you first become interested in creating art?
Francesca Anfossi: Unconsciously I think I have always created art, although I perhaps only started to be conscious of it when I moved to London.
DD: How did you learn your technique?
FA: From my father. He taught me that even when you are driving, for instance, there is a lot to observe and plenty of games to play with your imagination. From grey pebbles there is lot you can create.

DD: Is there an artistic background in your family?
FA: Kind of, although we are more of a makers family. My father makes pesto, my twin brother wine, my other brother clothes and my mother ceramics.

DD: Where do you find your inspiration?
FA: From memories of growing up in an ancient Italian wonder-world village, from observing various cultures and how they do the simplest things in a different way to my own and from ironic daily occurrences.

DD: What is your creative process?
FA: I mainly work from found footage, snapshots, objects and collected mementos, which often result in sculpture.  I am also interested in the accidental, and leftover or found materials sometimes become film.
DD: Can you explain the ideas behind the work that you submitted to the Converse/Dazed 2010 Emerging Artists Award?
FA: Hand Made Machines is a journey through landscapes of animated worlds that are part realistic, part fantastical. Rocks are falling from the sky in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. Traditional Alpine choruses are layered on top of ice sounds, which imbue the work with a nostalgic feeling. Hand-made sounds pretend to activate fake machines in a juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made.

DD: What would do you do with the prize?
FA: I would invest in new materials, and possibly a residency at Capadocia in Turkey.

DD: How are you approaching the exhibition at Stephen Friedman gallery?
FA: With the enthusiasm of somebody discovering a secret place that that they have been before, but which was forgotten.

Check back next Thursday to find about our next Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2010 finalist