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ailing from the Byron hinterland, Anna Karina Elias is an earthbender, molding clay and forming different shapes. Hers are of the wabi-sabi variety, perfectly imperfect & intended to be enjoyed with a green tea, or freshly picked greens from your own garden. Instinctual & utilitarian, her practice is multi-sensorial and each piece completed is unique in its own subtle way.

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Can you describe in detail your workspace and location?

I work from a converted hardware, which has been divided in twelve studios for artists and creatives in the small town of Bangalow in the hinterland of Byron Bay. My studio has high ceiling with timber beams and timber flooring, the room itself has been divided horizontally across by a wall of large windows. This way I have a small gallery/showroom in the front and work from the back.

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Walk us through your artistic process.

At this time most of my work is utilitarian. It is important for me to carefully consider all the elements of my work. This process is instinctual. I look at how weight plays with size, colour plays with material, composition with proportion. My aim is for a multi-sensorial experience.  One has to engage with my pieces physically, there is no distant objectivity. The work is my language, imperfect, subtle, tactile, quietly composed and deliberately delicate.

Do you have any rituals you follow when creating & making?

The only ritual I have is a cup of scalding hot coffee straight up.

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To what era in history do you most identify?

My daughters would argue the 70’s, given my love for corduroy and ELO, but I have a great imagination, every era has its romantic allure.

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Who would you love to chat with over a meal & where?

There are so many people I’d love to sit and eat a meal with! I’m interested in so many people and what they do. At this moment I’d love to meet Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, artists Marlene Dumas and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Possibly in a rustic taverna in Italy because I can dream.

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What’s your favourite flower?

As much as I love all flowers I’m a tree person. I love the architecture of trees; I love to think they hold the stories of time.

Who or what keeps you inspired?

I find inspiration everywhere! Nature, people, cities, colour, stories. I don’t know how you can’t be inspired.  But inspiration plays a small roll, imagination and turning up are just as important. You have to get into the work, labor for it, there will never be a perfect time or a perfect idea. The stars won’t align; magic happens when you let go of your preconceived ideas and just begin.

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What is currently on your bookshelf?

I usually have a few books on the go… I just finished Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art by Nancy Princenthal, now onto Barbara Hepworth Writings and Conversations with Sophie Bowness, Heartsnatcher by Boris Vian and I read to my little boy every night and we are loving The BFG Roald Dahl.

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Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 28, 2019

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