Nisza Zine 11 featuring the amazing Stacie Ant aka whosthereplease! Check out the interview of the Berlin based artist below. 😈
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up?
Stacie Ant: Its actually quite a long story! I was born in a small town in Ukraine (that does not exist anymore). When I was a toddler, my family moved to Moscow where I spend most of my early childhood. When I was 9 we moved to Toronto, I lived there for most of my life then 3 years ago I moved to Berlin. Where to next?
What is it you do and how did you get into it?
SA: Most people who are familiar with my work know me as a 3D animator. But I am also a lead singer in an electro band, a star trek enthusiast, and a lifelong Sims proponent. I made video art while in Uni, and after graduating I no longer had access to any of the equipment. 3D was the only option for me to move forward – I taught myself 3D animation and it gave me the ability to express myself like no other medium has. I had the power to create my own sets, my own clothes, and I even got to create my own unique-looking actors. So I became the director, set designer, and plastic surgeon all in one!
Who or what inspires you?
SA: My work is, in some ways, is a reflection of how I see the world. A lot of my personal projects are loosely inspired by real events and emotions I am going through in life. Sometimes it’s ugly, other times it’s beautiful, most of the time it’s a bit absurd but always fabulous and empowering. Stylistically speaking, I am very inspired by fashion and film. I like to add an element of sci-fi, retro-futurism, and occasionally body horror to my work. I think that the combination of such motifs makes it what it is. Many refer to my work as kitsch and think it’s on purpose but perhaps I just have an awful taste that I am actually quite proud of.
Describe your aesthetic in three words.
SA: Live Laugh Love
What does beauty mean to you?
SA: Confidence. All of my characters are always portrayed as fierce and confident in whatever absurd situation they may be in. This is how I want my work to resonate with people. To me, nothing is more beautiful than confidence, ambition, and not giving a damn about what others think. A beauty standard that I strive for every day.
As an artist what are your goals and your dreams? What have you already accomplished?
SA: For a long time, my goal as an artist was to be able to support myself financially from my artistic work. In the last few years, I have finally achieved it, and being an artist is my full-time job and life. Now that I feel stable in the physical world, I want to develop my practice further by evolving my ideas and thinking big. I want to communicate with the viewer on a deeper level. In the next few years, I would very much like to focus more on projects which are more interactive than video. I plan to work on public installation, actual wearable fashion (as opposed to 3D fashion which I do love making) and I would like to be more involved in IRL exhibitions, especially after the lockdown is over. I will see you in the physical world!
What are you working on at the moment?
SA: I am preparing for my first ever solo exhibition happening in Berlin this summer. hopefully followed by an exhibition in London. For this to happen, I am creating an entirely new body of work that will include a few physical pieces as well as videos and stills. I am also working on a music video and an exciting 3D fashion project. Looking forward to sharing all of this when it’s ready!
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
SA: Cher from Clueless on a good day and Philip Seymore Hoffman crying in a car (from Boogienights) on a bad day.
What are your thoughts on the current NFT hype and the NFT environment in general?
SA: Generally speaking, I have mixed feelings about the current NFT hype. There are definitely a lot of platforms that are totally scammy, and I would like to wholeheartedly encourage both the artist and buyer to do their research before committing to a particular platform. Having said that, I think that the actual technology behind it is very exciting (though is not new and has been around for years, people are just hyping it up this year). I am excited to take part in an online exhibition titled Pieces of Me, which features around 50 artists and has their best interest in mind. It is also curated by an amazing group of people who really understand the technology and want to use it properly.