Stacie Ant for Felt Zine 58

stacie1.jpgFELTZine welcomes the Berlin-based new media artist, Stacie Ant. Peep the full interactive zine here and learn more about Stacie Ant below:

Stacie Ant reinvents elements of contemporary culture through fictional, maximalist narratives. Ant’s work utilizes washed-up celebrities, glamorized mid-century inspired environments, and gender fluid characters through the mediums of 3D art and animation. Often humorous, Ant’s work “offers a way of looking at a fast-paced digital realm through a lens of irony and satire.”

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How would you describe your work in your own words? 
Stacie Ant: “No matter how much I am sometimes drawn towards pure aestheticism, people still describe my work as creepy and tongue in cheek. I suppose I would describe my own work as a mixture of funny but also a bit scary. I think those two are a great combination for an image that sticks with you- especially when it comes to 3D art. You can really play with the element of uncanny and absurd in this type of medium. I also view my work as very feminist. I enjoy representing the female form as the ultimate power. A lot of my stills and videos are inspired by science fiction and post-apocalyptic worlds where women rise up and claim back their power over what’s left of this planet… But of course, even these darker images have a sense of humor to them, even if it is as subtle as a tacky denim outfit on a Y2K amazonian warrior woman.”

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What is your usual work process like? 
“I think of a general idea or an outfit, and try to see how close I can get to recreating this image. A lot of the times (most of the time) the end result is something completely different – after I changed my mind a million times – and the million happy accidents bring me to a totally new concept that I like even better than the original idea. (this of course only applies to my personal artwork, not commissions) .Sometimes I hear a song and it paints a really vivid image in my mind, then I just have to make a video that represents what’s going on in my head when I hear it. Of course, this can be a bit problematic as Mark Zuckerberg has a strict copyright policy on Instagram…but I do get away with using music clips a lot of the time since the songs I use are pretty random and older.”

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What inspires your art? 
“Very inspired by movies (I’m a bit of a film nerd who used to hang out at a video store for most of my late teens/the early twenties), fashion (especially kitschy fashion from the 90s and 2000s), anything science fiction related. Some of the 3D characters I reuse are inspired by 90s supermodels, I like to pretend that I can afford to hire a 20-year-old Linda to model my own designs buts its also 2001…anything is possible, right?”

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Is there anything you’d like our audience to know about you?
“I am (for the most part) self-taught so if you want to learn 3D, just sit through a lot of YouTube tutorials, trust me it pays off! Oh, and I really do love all the questionable music I ever recycle in my videos. No shame!”

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FeltZine 58 featuring Stacie Ant is online now. Watch here.

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