Getting to Know Printmaking Artist Anna Curtius

 Anna Curtius in the printmaking studio

Anna Curtius in the printmaking studio

Anna Curtius is a multi-passionate creative based in Sweden. When not on adventures to Japan or surfing expeditions, this printmaking artist is a boss. Literally, her own boss. I recently spoke with Curtius and learned more about her background, her creative work, and her exciting plans for her new Stockholm studio.

Curtius was born in Poland, but has lived in Sweden most of her life. She smiled when telling me about her lifelong interest in art and winning an award for art at a young age. Curtius attended a post-secondary program for advertising and graphic design, but decided to pursue a different path.

Curtius is now a professional architect, owning her architecture business since 2012. She enjoys the fact that she can be her own boss, which allows her flexibility to make time for her art practice. Curtius usually gives herself one weekday to dedicate to printmaking, something she has not been able to stop since she first bought an at-home printmaking kit.

The idea to try printmaking grew from her efforts to reconnect with her creativity, which began with practicing photography and writing morning pages, and blossomed into a side business and forever passion. In our chat, Curtius described the feeling she had when first trying out lino printing, a form of printmaking.

“It felt fantastic. It felt like I didn’t want to stop.”

Curtius describes the feeling that so many artists can relate to, the feeling of discovering that spark of light that ignites into a full-fledged passion. From her beginnings of printing at home, to now opening a new studio in the center of Stockholm, Curtius has developed a striking abstract style that reflects her experience in the world. Her love of pattern is expressed in ideas she says she gets from wandering through urban and natural environments. When describing her creative process, she said it was mostly intuitive.

“I have this idea. Let’s repeat this and see what happens. It’s a lot about repetition.”

 Curtius was inspired to explore the idea of the aging body after noticing the many shapes of women’s breasts at the pool.

Curtius was inspired to explore the idea of the aging body after noticing the many shapes of women’s breasts at the pool.

Her minimalist patterns are more than meets the eye. “There is a complexity that arises” Curtius says about repeating patterns. An example of this is her Falling series, which was conceived from ideas about the aging body. You can read more about this series in her blog post from January 2018. Her current project, a text-based series, was inspired by an article she read about the tendency for girls to have lower self esteem than boys in childhood.

 A snapshot of Anna Curtius’ latest series, a Swedish-language statement that expresses “I am enough.”

A snapshot of Anna Curtius’ latest series, a Swedish-language statement that expresses “I am enough.”

When asked about what’s next for her art practice, Curtius described a plethora of ideas for her new studio. She described the studio as being on the street level of a building in the center of Stockholm, in a neighborhood known to have many artists and artisans. The studio has large windows, which will allow passerby to get a glimpse of the art-making process, which can often be shrouded in mystery for the average person. Curtius plans to make art more accessible to the general public by hosting workshops and exhibitions in her new studio.

One obstacle to overcome is the purchase of a printing press, which is an incredibly large and costly piece of equipment. She plans to create a Kickstarter campaign to offset the hefty cost, though doesn’t seem phased by the plan. If there’s one thing I learned from speaking with Curtius, is that she usually finds a way to make things happen.

You can find her work on her website www.annacurtius.com

She can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Katrina Slade