10 Questions for Visual Artist Anat Cossen


1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

It flickered between singer, dancer , archaeologist and meteorologist

2. When did you decide to pursue art as a career?

It was never a momentary decision, it was something I have always done in different forms.

3. How would you describe your work to a complete stranger?

My work is me. It is expressing who I am and how I see the world on paper.

4. What is the most important idea, issue, dilemma or thing that you want to address in your art?

Identity. Personal issues that can touch anyone’s soul but I don’t dictate, i hope each soul takes it’s own personal message.

5. What are the most important influences that have moved you as an artist?

Sitting in the MOMA in front of Monet’s Water Lilies. Retrospective exhibition of Rothko in Tel Aviv. Dance show by Pina Bausch. Good alternative music such as Cloud Control and Sally Saltman. Nature. One of my teachers in first year at college taught me about seeing. My yoga teacher taught me to be present. My kids teach me about feeling.

6. Do you visualise your Art before creating? Do you know what it will look like before you begin? What’s your process?

I see the world in frames. Everything I look at has a potential to become my own. I toy around with many ideas, sometimes just for fun and experimentation and sometimes it will become a deeper, longer, meaningful work. Most ideas will be triggered by the situation I’m in, it will generate a feeling that then will start taking the shape of images in my head. Every few days my chain of thoughts will trigger a new image in my head. When I photograph things will continue to develop.

7. How important do you think it is for artists to know about art history, and why?

It is important for us to know our place in the world. It gives the personal context to work from and towards. It is true to everything not only art, humans have to learn from ancestors and know what is done in the past in order to create the future.

8. How do you define success, and what keeps you going?

“Success” is when I manage to influence or move a note in someone’s soul.

9. What are some fun facts about you that may or may not be directly related to your art?

like everyone else, my idol in the 80s was Michael Jackson, One day I came home to discover my brother had painted Michael’s eyes red in all the posters above my bed. I was devastated. Who knew it was a perfectly legitimate thriller reference.

10. What hangs on your walls? Do you collect the work of other artists?

Michael Jackson no longer. Due to resent reno, my walls are a blank canvas waiting to be reinvented. I love buying art, I collect art by emerging artists (maybe later in life I’ll have resources to afford more). Anything that will touch something in me can hang in my house. I plan to cover the walls from top to bottom and take my life time doing that.