Annabelle Losa was born with dual Nationality, Father Spanish – Mother British. She grew up on the Southeast coastline of Kent.
Her works are a journey on a path of discovery, a celebration of a process where deconstructions and layers are hidden and re-built. A delve into the mysterious and subconscious? Or simply the things we cannot see and do not have access to? We trust that there is something beneath the surface, layer, or veil but we do not know more than what our intuition tells us. Annabelle’s more recent works reveal more about not seeing the full picture. Part of her inspiration comes from the love of Japanese art and calligraphy, the colors and vast skies of Southern England and landscapes, juxtaposed with Annabelle’s growing up in the 80’s/90’s via disheveled buildings and forgotten spaces layered in graffiti (Hidden gems of time gone by). Annabelle pull’s a lot from her faith, poetry, music, and her surroundings, tapping into memory and emotions. Layer upon layer upon layer.
“I embrace their differences, they either work together or fight against each other revealing conflict and harmony. The building of layers to construct and to deconstruct, over and over is the journey”.
What are your earliest memories of doing Art?
Annabelle: My earliest memories of doing art, wow I remember being very young crayoning on the living room walls, I must have been 5 or 6 years of age, but I recall it didn’t go down well! I remember I would sit coloring and doodling near enough all the time! My mum was very good at art, so she would be very encouraging. I used to love sorting the pencils and felt tips into their colors and types, I guess it was kind of a ritual and I remember feeling very peaceful. I was 7 years of age when I won my first art competition and was featured in the local newspaper. I can recall the photo very clearly; I was sat on the sofa presented with a wooden box of mixed art materials. Years later, on seeing the photo, I thought what fantastic lino prints the hideous flock wallpaper would have made! My mind is always thinking in the realm of construction and taking the influence of things around me. I also remember a eureka moment that making my lines thicker on drawings enabled me to not color over the edges! I was so pleased and thought I had discovered the world’s first.
A bit more about me: dual nationality, my Mother English my Father Spanish. I grew up on the Southeast coastline of England. My artworks are a journey, a path of discovery, a celebration of a process where deconstructions and layers are hidden and re-built. A delve into the mysterious and subconscious abstract landscapes? Or simply the things we cannot see and do not have access to? We trust that there is something beneath the surface, layer, or veil but we do not know more than what our intuition tells us. Some people have described my paintings as contemporary impressionistic in style capturing a magical light. “My heart and passion are making art, every brushstroke or mark I make on canvas allows me to express and understand my journey a bit further. Ultimately inviting you to embark on that journey with me. I pour my heart into every piece I make hidden text, scripture, poetry, often become part of the work holding a precious intimacy that you can enjoy. Abstract in my mind implies that the viewer is not going to understand the work and see it the same way as the next person. What I find most exciting is that people who love my artwork bring their own story and unique engagement to the work”
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc
Annabelle: My artwork has always had an abstract appearance even in my earlier figurative works. I guess now
more abstract impressionistic. I have always loved color, privileged to live in a beautiful seaside town where the vast skies and sunsets are breathtaking and always changing, never the same. I also have fond memories of Spain where my Father is from, the colors and warmth are almost edible. The mediums I use are eclectic. I love to experiment, mixing different art mediums together. For me, it is not enough to learn a technique with one material. It is the delving into a unique discovery of materials working or not working together. I love what I call “happy mistakes” when mediums fight for their prominent position on a surface. With resin, there is a real science to making sure the surface is dirt and oil-free, the precise mixing and measuring requirement of the resin and the catalyst. Also, the temperature control for at least 72 hours, I love how ink and resin flow and mix the glass-like effect and the layers I can produce is time-consuming but brings a real depth. I try to embrace the unpredictability of the “happy accidents” and they are an important part of the journey. The way these materials almost fight for their position is a way of the work expressing itself. There is something very authentic about this. I love the way people can see so many different things in my work engaging in their own individual interpretations. My work is very expressive, and a personal journey encased in reflection, memories, thoughts inner exploration that connects to other people’s personal stories. I am influenced by the colors and sounds around me, memories of things I have read that have resonated or impacted me somehow, these are things that the spectator cannot see, but I try to expose a glimmer or veil of what lies beneath. One of my favorite poets is Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) his inspirational poem “If” first appeared in his collection “Rewards and Fairies” in 1909. The poem “If” is inspirational, motivational, and a set of rules for “grown-up” living. Kipling’s “If” contains mottos and maxims for life, and the poem is also a blueprint for personal integrity, behavior, and self-development. I find the beauty and elegance of “If” contrasts starkly with Rudyard Kipling's largely tragic and unhappy life. He was starved of love and attention and sent away by his parents; beaten and abused by his foster mother; and a failure at a public school that sought to develop qualities that were completely alien to Kipling. In later life, the deaths of two of his children also affected Kipling deeply. I connect with the push to strive for what might seem unreachable, unattainable, with life’s struggles, not in the same way as Kipling, but a feeling of displacement. It’s hard to think his works by some were criticized as superficial and lacking in depth of meaning.
What is a day of working in your studio like?
Annabelle: A working day in my studio: COFFEE an absolute first!… with the occasional ginger stem biscuit, a selection of music, I am very varied in my taste, so it could be rap, drum, and bass, acoustic, worship music, or pop. I love to work alone and just get into my zone my dog Molly sometimes hangs out with me which is the only real company I like whilst working.
You say you get inspired from your faith, poetry, music, and your surroundings, tapping into memory and emotions. Could you walk us through your process?
Annabelle: My faith as a Christian ignites my passion for being expressive in an almost transcendental space of
mind. My workflows organically I love layering, I loosely write psalms, or thoughts, devotionals, poetry, and song lyrics that also make an appearance. Layers upon layers upon layers the words and various marks get lost and hidden there is a definite devotional journey. Almost a placement of construction and deconstruction. I am not one for using shop-bought art implements, brushes, and scrapers, I tend to use old plastic cards toothbrushes, cloths, blowers, air pumps anything that makes a mark in the non-traditional methods of using a paintbrush.
How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork?
Annabelle: I don’t do much planning! I tend to work quite spontaneously; however, I do see a subtle image on the
blank canvas or surface. This speaks of where the works may go, I then work quite quickly to cover the whole canvas or surface. I am interested in 17th-century landscape paintings, how the light creates depth and the perspectives that draw your eye into the painting. I try to combine modern and classical painting techniques that reflect both the look of modern abstract and 17th-century landscape to some degree.
What is the most recent piece or project you have enjoyed working on, and why?
Annabelle: I exhibit on a regular basis my most recent body of work I produced was for a solo show named “Reimagined” in my hometown it was the biggest body of work for a solo show to date. Reimagined is about looking beyond the skyline, seeking out beyond what we can see. Different landscapes, landscapes through portals. Ultimately an escape to the unknown? “A land of Milk and Honey” is A place of comfort and expectation of a place when it does not actually exist. In the Bible Exodus chapter 3 verse 8 “A land of milk and Honey” is referred to as the promised land.
Do you ever experience creative blocks? And if yes, how do you overcome it?
Annabelle: Creative blocks oh yes, I have those! The only way I get passed those is to take time out for myself, go on walks, read listen to music, and look at other people’s artwork to gain inspiration. I go through a period of procrastination making myself busy doing anything and everything to not paint. Then the urgency flows back, and I just must dive in and create.
Share some interesting facts about your art with us.
Annabelle: A few years ago, I had an exhibition where the resin hadn’t quite cured was still sticky. I received the ok to hang it anyway and hoped that it would finish curing overnight. It was not the case to my horror I received a phone call from the Gallery owner saying there had been an incident with my painting, I assumed it had maybe fallen of the wall no much worse! The painting was hung in a stairwell a lady with beautiful long hair flicked her head whilst going up the stairs, I’m sure you have guessed… Her hair got stuck to my painting and part of it had ripped out now left on the canvas! Thankfully the lady was very gracious and saw the funny side of it, unfortunately, the hair could not be removed, and I had to do another pour of resin which now encapsulates the hair!
Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?
Annabelle: I have many Artists that inspire me I guess now I love the works of Brooks Salzwedel his attention to natural and unnatural landscapes with many trees are beautiful and delicate with layers that draw you in. I also like the works of Jessica Zoob the large scale of her work is something I really feel inspired to make. Her color pallets are sumptuous, I also like the works of Jose Parla I love the way his works lies between abstraction and calligraphy.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Annabelle: My artwork does serve a purpose in that it touches people on different levels unlocking emotions whether they like it or not. That there is an engagement that produces a connection and ultimately a conversation. I try to be as open and authentic in all that I do and hope that people can engage in a parallel to their own story in an abstract sense beyond art.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Annabelle: Hopefully continuing my journey flourishing and perfecting what I have already learned. Expanding my
following and selling works to add to people’s lives. Living the dream…Art has the incredible gift to
connect with people and their emotions, to correlate stories to be part of that is priceless.