Sprankenstein is one of three artists taking over All You Read Is Love for the Leytonsone Arts Trail
We asked Sprankenstein some questions about practicing art and the exhibition.
Julie: Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2016.
Sprankenstein: I am taking my work to the next level for LAT 2016 and creating a Sprankenstein ‘world’ within All You Read Is Love, with wall murals and 3D elements as well as video art.
Julie: This is the 9th LAT. Have you taken part in the Trail before and what did you do?
Sprankenstein: I haven’t taken part in the Leytonstone Trail before, so I am a newcomer in that sense. I did part in the E17 trail last year (that was where my studio was based.)
Julie: Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education.
Sprankenstein: At school I was purely academic and wasn’t even considering art as a direction at all. Then I spectacularly failed Further Maths at A-Level and it all changed. I then went on to do an Art Foundation and then completed a BA Illustration degree at Portsmouth University, with 1st Class Hons.
Julie: How would you describe your art practice? What kind of things inspire you to create art?
Sprankenstein: I like to create both hand drawn and digital art with a sinister side, but it is always playful and not too serious. I like giving new life to existing photo’s digitally, as well as creating animation and writing illustrated short stories with strange little characters. Sometimes people I pass on the street will inspire me to draw, or a quote that I come across during the day, or a daydream. It could be anything, if I’m honest.
Julie: How would you describe a good day in the studio?
Sprankenstein: Getting through a lot of my work without getting distracted.
Julie: What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Sprankenstein: I’ve got a lot to do. A LOT. But I like that feeling. The adrenaline makes me create some weird things that I may not have thought of without the rush.
Julie: Do you collect art?
Sprankenstein: I like to collect zines and ephemera. Particularly things to do with horror.
Julie: Please tell us something you really like about Leytonstone
Sprankenstein: I like the graveyard on Church Lane. It’s a pocket of eerie peace.
Julie: Besides the Trail, what is coming up next for you and where can we see more of your art in the flesh or on-line?
Sprankenstein: At the moment I am working on the ASOS Global Instagram Campaign and also an animation for the Tate Modern and Turner Contemporary. I keep my website and social pages updated nicely so you can see a lot of my work on there.