Anna’s work is definitely unique, her ability to tie in flat illustration but bring them to life with the added effect of texture - particularly her glossy trademark, brings them to life. The soft colours against subject matters that include her love for punk, metal, bondage, hands, and lips, in my opinion creates an almost femme fatal genre of illustration.
Where do you draw inspiration from, other artists or eras?
“Generally I take inspiration from living in New York, like New York is so trashy and diverse and yet honestly the best city in the word, and so glamorous and amazing. And then I’m really into fashion and the connect and disconnect between subcultures, sexuality, and fashion, they all tie together so well yet they’re all so separate and for some people they don’t tie in together at all, so I use a lot of sex toys in my illustration but usually I get asked to do that, so I guess that’s not really by choice, but I specifically really like isolating things, specially hands and nails, and mouths, I focus on details like bright colours and making them look shiny and stand out, because I feel like with illustration, typically, it is very flat or very 3D and I don’t want to be either, I very much like to be in the middle, I think it’s still very flat but all the tiny details like the shiny look, makes it more. I’ve had a lot of people say it’s very sexy and I’m like ‘ooo that’s great’ and this one person told me it was too sexy and that’s not my intention but I think it’s cool that someone can have that reaction, I’m just sitting at a computer drawing and it can do that. I think with art it’s better that people can feel something, because that’s it, then you’re done, right.”
In which way does fashions influence you?
“I think fashion and design go hand in hand, fashion also comes into my life back when I was younger and very influenced by certain music and that scene, and that goes back into my personal fashion, for years and even today it’s interesting, I see it going back into very high end designers like, Alexander McQueen, even Dior, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent for sure even. I think what they’re making now for thousands of dollars is like what I used to buy in Hot Topic for like 10 dollars and get made fun of. Now I see this is great, because now it’s all connected […] I think it’s the connection of sexuality subculture and sexuality together that influence my work, rather than them separate, so like patent leather, metal, studs, those kind of things I love in reality, the texture and try to bring that into the illustration world. I really like Issey Miyake, who’s very design oriented and she uses computer design to create clothing instead of pattern making, which just blows my mind, it’s really cool.”
“I really like Tillmans, a lot of artists I like or that I think influence me are not illustrators, I love photography, so yeah, Tillmans. There’s a designer, Walter Van Beirendonck, back in the 70s or 80s he was creating these crazy clothes that were very tied into like fetish and fashion, all these leather masks, dressing people like popsicles, things that didn’t look like anything anyone would wear outside of a runway. He somewhere became like very involved in rave culture, he’s a big name in rave all over Europe, a big name all over fetish, fashion and rave. They as artist, at least at this moment have influenced my creative life over the last say, two years.”
What do you listen to while illustrating? Does music influence you?
“I listen to music at all times, definitely while illustrating, I think mostly I listen to Marilyn Manson, I started listen to Marilyn Manson while I was still living in Israel so I was very young. I started kind of straying away from Punk and going into this not necessarily Metal, but more that scene. I also think he’s very poetic. I was really into his look. When I was in High School I was shaving my eyebrows, dying my hair black, I wanted to be Marilyn Manson, I thought he was so cool, and the whole attitude of not giving a fuck and doing whatever you want, because you’re doing whatever you want, people respond to it. It’s like that happened to me in my career, because I didn’t know what I wanted to do I just thought I’ll do it for the man, but then it became, I have all these interests so I'm just gonna do that, and people responded really well. I don’t know if actually the music was an influence but definitely more artistically, as a person, till this day.”
One of my favourite pieces of Anna’s is of two phones, adorned with lips, pictured below. The image was created for a poetry book cover and feels exclusively feminine while I still think having a very inclusive way of being relatable for women, which seems to be one of Anna’s specialities.