Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Artist of the Week

Fontaine Anderson

The collision of two unique styles or genres can be a magical occurrence, just look at jazz and hip-hop or hip-hop and rock, but in art in can sometimes be difficult to combine two established styles. Many artist will create different styles through out there careers, but rarely mix more then small elements of each together. However, in the case of Adelaide, Australia native Fontaine Anderson, a patchwork combination of two styles is what it is all about. Fonataine utilize many of the technique of fashion design, but implements ancient Egyptian folk art to create truly unique illustrations.

Recently, Fontaine launched a new website, and she is also featured on the cover of this months issue of Iniciativa Colectiva Issue #5. Fortunately, she was still able to take some time out to talk to us about her work.

Orange Alert (OA): How would you describe your work?
Fontaine Anderson (FA): A bit odd! A mish mash of themes from fashion to ancient history.

OA: I love the textured effect of all of the lines that you add to your drawing. How did you come to utilize that process?
FA: It came from a sheer need to fill in the shapes I make. I love the layering effect of ink line over subtle colour washes- the style basically just happened because I decided one day that I hated acrylic paint! (the medium that I used to use)

OA: How long does it take you to complete a piece from sketch to finished product?
FA: Many, many hours, sometimes days.

OA: I am fascinated with the Egyptian themes in many of your pieces, have you done any research into these types of drawings? Is there any spiritual or deeper meaning to these images?
FA: Not really, I have always loved the simplicity and strong graphic qualities of Egyptian drawings. Egyptian god's are very beautiful and almost surreal looking - I am really only interested in the aesthetics.

OA: Can you tell us a little about the art scene in Southern Australia, specifically Adelaide?
FA: To be honest I don't get out enough to know much about the art scene- but generally Adelaide is a pretty conservative place and most exciting events bypass us. We have a lot of great graphic design studio's in Adelaide but you have to be very lucky and talented to make a career out of design in Adelaide because most studio's are sos mall.

OA: What is next for Fontaine Anderson?
FA: I am planning a trip to around Europe next year as well as working on promoting my new website (

Bonus Questions:
OA: Coffee? If yes, what is your favorite type of coffee and where is your favorite coffee location?
FA: Yes please. Weak skinny latte at Cibo's on Gouger Street in Adelaide.

OA: Do you listen to music while your create? Who are some of your current favorites?
FA: Sometimes. Current favorites are Feist, M Ward, Cat power, The Smiths and Joy Division.

For more information on Fontaine Anderson please visit her brand new website.

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