Anastasia is a visual artist and designer. Working mostly in still photography and video, she gravitates toward emotionally charged subject matter to create dark yet dream like imagery. She is currently working in Visual Direction, and is assembling a series of images based on recurring lucid dreams.

"I have always been attracted to a dark emotional vibe in music, and lately the sounds that have been finding their way to me seem to be related in some way. While I started this playlist in the winter of 2014, through it's life I've ended up meeting many of these artists in one way or another, and I'm very grateful for that. As a visual artist I'm deeply inspired by music, the subculture, and all of its parts. Every song I love is a portal into emotion and experience, leading my mind into these spaces that I want to create, invoking light, texture, and mood. Listening to these songs does that for me, every time I hear them folding into one another."

Where do you find ideas and inspiration the most?

My creativity is the most charged when I'm traveling. Being out in the world stirs my senses, has me grasping for things I find both familiar and strange. I'm often looking for somewhere to go, even if it's for a day.

What is your favorite city?

So cliché, but at this point it's still Paris... I've been several times and there are so many things I love about it. It helps that I'm familiar, but I love to just wander the streets for hours, and later find myself in a park or by the river, just hanging in the ambiance, with the blend of architecture, nature and people doing the same. Needless to say, I need to travel to more cities to develop a better opinion.
 What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?

The thing I love most is finding something worthwhile in almost anything, and seeing the beauty inside of a small thing or a moment. The worst thing is when that very essence seems to be missing. It's painful, the apathy. I turn to making collages. The process keeps me humble, continuing to find light somewhere, anywhere.

What is the most important item in your workspace?

It's always the light. The light navigates the mood of what I find intriguing to capture, and determines the outcome of what I'm able to create.
Any words of advice for people who are inspiring to work in the creative field?

Don't work in the creative field. Be creative, and work. The two cannot be separated- you must live it. It must be what you are, always, because creativity is not simply a job- it's an approach to life. If you love what you do and how you do it, you can be successful at anything.

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