"I put all my emotions into my artwork" _ ASLH ✂️ 🌚 🎨
Behind the initials ASLH it’s hidden Antonia’s real name, this amazing artist who combines the spontaneity of the collage technique with the sophistication of fashion getting her approach to art far beyond. She studied dressmaking in Rome for two years and worked in a luxury department store in London as a sales assistant.
Her instinct for fashion comes from a long time ago and it has created a great impact on her creations. After a time experimenting with ceramic and wood, she bets for this personal project and expects to empower others such as her.
Three words that define yourself better
Curious and stubborn and sensitive.
I want to know and understand, which makes me very versatile, as I just keep collecting knowledge of languages, cultures and experiences. Sometimes I end up in comfortable and sometimes in uncomfortable situations, either way, I always expand my horizon, which I put into my artwork and that is why I like the collage technique. You can combine totally unrelated things, but still, find a common link or balance.
If I really want something I won’t give up and I have the endurance to go on, but in case I am pursuing a wrong idea or emotion, I just fight with everyone who wants to help and waste time. All my collages are stubborn. The parts are all forced together, upon each other, but somehow it mostly works out.
Being sensitive is very important for my work because I put all my emotions into it. I am curious about how it affects people, and how people deal with different emotions. I always like to explore that in my work.
Accomplishment you are proudest of: Embracing my creativity.
An advice for new artists: Don’t be afraid to start and share your work, or as Andy Warhol used to say “Don’t think about making art, just get it done.”
Three things that help you find inspiration: Looking at images, looking at images and looking at images. This never fails me.
A compliment: A good friend of mine who is a designer recently said that she is excited about what’s more to come. She is very, very talented and will come very far. She doesn’t give you compliments if she doesn’t mean it, so I appreciate that a lot.
What is your source of inspiration?
Women. I love models, like Lara Stone for example. I am inspired by beautiful designs, especially when a woman wears them.
They come alive on a person. I am inspired by photography, cinema, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, illustrators, artists, music, the sun, good food, interesting people, myself, people I fall in love with. My very best icons are Gia Carangi, Max Ernst, J.Cole, Helmut Lang, and Yves Saint Laurent. In my mind, maybe, I always live in a Tadao Ando house.
What does your work represent?
It contains highly complex emotions and thoughts, but it’s often expressed in a rather simplistic manner. It’s very much connected to myself, my inner world, my experiences, my fears and hopes. Most of my life I used to think that I wasn’t creative and I needed to fit into the role that was expected of me. I ended up going to business uni straight after high school, but it was not for me. I was anxious at that time and my anxiety sky-rocketed, as I really couldn’t find myself in that new, unfamiliar setting. It was tough, mostly because I was telling myself to get my shit together, instead of being honest and admitting that it was the wrong path.
I felt that I needed some sort of outlet for my creativity, so I started making collages and publishing them on Instagram. I was familiar with the technique, as Max Ernst is one of my favourite artists, so it came naturally. It was a big step for me.
My work kind of represents liberation and creating collages was my personal liberation. I feels great destroying images because it feels like breaking the rules, which was a taboo for me when I was younger. However, my artwork also represents elegance, harmony, beauty and the love of the feminine. I am a dreamer. I love the technique for its spontaneity.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love parties and at the same time I love not doing anything and simply enjoying myself, lie in the sun and listen to the wind.
Everything that makes my senses happy. I like to write poetry, cook and buy vintage clothing.
I also have a slight interest in mystical stuff like astrology, tarot cards and healing fields.
Who would you like to see your artwork?
People who share my vibes, as they would probably like it, feel touched and be inspired in some way. It’s for everyone who is interested. It would be interesting to see the reaction of a broad range of people. I would probably analyse it and put my impressions into my next work and try to talk to them too.
When I have the chance I could definitely see myself developing my artworks into moving images with sound. I can also see myself constructing physical artworks and making clothes in a studio. I’m content with my digital art, but I would definitely like to create more tangible things too.
📝Post by Blanca Romero