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Ani Toidze
Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself, can you remember how you started to paint?

 

My first interaction with painting is not connected to a single event or period, everything happened very organically, but I cannot ascribe it to pure chance occurrence either. My father became my guide through this world, he introduced me to art, but not only, he determined and shaped the reality I live in and feel most comfortable. Painting became my daily activity when I realised I could express myself most easily in this medium.

 

Your artworks often depict memories, are these your childhood memories and how nostalgic is your work? 

Nostalgia means returning to something, it’s an attempt that is already doomed from the beginning, it’s something I can let go of or something that is impossible to say goodbye to. If we put it that way, then perhaps that could be the leitmotif of my work. You can’t determine that consciously, these images of dreamlike faces are not created rationally, it resembles the realities we construct in our dreams, without even knowing how we do it.

Which medium is the most comfortable for you to work in?

Oil on canvas I guess, it’s the most comfortable medium for me. However, it’s no less interesting to work with other techniques as well. I think that painting is the only infinite matter, inexhaustible, where new and unknown layers are encountered every time and I feel that it’s an endless story for me. 

Do you like to experiment? What do you think, how is it expressed in your art? 

Experimenting is a part of the process that I do almost everyday. It doesn’t matter what material I work with, whether this medium is familiar to me or not. We always come across unknown islands, the discovery of which is the most interesting and attractive for me.Recently, I started experimenting with wood-cutting, it is such an unusual material me for now. I’ve never worked with it before and I think that this is the most mysterious thing that I have ever tried in my life.