Talking with: Isobel Litten, Artist
What inspires you to make the art that you do?
My main inspiration is life and the things around me. I often draw myself because I am accessible at all times and I can pose myself exactly how I want. I have tried working with models before but I find if they feel slightly nervous or uncomfortable it can affect the mood of the piece. Most of my work features intricate patterns, I guess this is a result of working with textiles a lot.
Female figures are common subjects in your work. Would you say you’re a feminist artist, and if so, why?
I would definitely say I am a feminist but whether that makes me a “feminist artist” or not I don’t know. I don’t really like that label, it implies the artists entire work is limited to one topic when for me and most other artists, art is a way of expressing every aspect of life. Some of my work has more obviously feminist intentions but I don’t limit myself to one topic.
There’s a considerable sense of loneliness and detachment in your depictions of people, do you think these are prominent issues in our society?
Very much so. I myself spend a lot of time alone in my room and live quite an isolated lifestyle. Loneliness is everywhere but it’s easy to not notice if it doesn’t affect you directly.
What music are you listening to at the moment? Any recommendations?
Early IAMX albums, Cibo Matto, The Wytches, Japan. The debut Pussycat Dolls album is pretty good too.
Don’t feel embarrassed asking friends to walk you home after dark. Your safety comes first.
More of Isobel’s artwork can be found on her Facebook page: @isobellitten