Estonian artist Laura Toots

“Daily Dozen” with Laura Toots 0

We invited Laura Toots (1986), the young Estonian photographer and video artist, to share her thoughts and answer our “Daily Dozen” questions.

1. What’s the best moment of your day?
Enjoying long breakfasts.

2. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
I think that for artists ideas about art(making) are always in the back of their minds.

3. Why do you work as an artist?
To realise these above-mentioned ideas.

4. Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you? 
Ernest Hemingway “A Moveable Feast”, encounters with Tino Sehgal’s works.

5. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
New ideas appear when I’m trying to concentrate on on-going/other projects.

6. Wich work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
Mathijs van Geest’s “Sean Connery looking at this hand”.

7. Do you sleep a lot?
I love to sleep.

8. Do you collect anything?
It could be because I enjoy the action of browsing and because I’m secretly in love with archiving, but I have kept all my study materials from art academy years. Also, whenever I visit a new place, I take the city maps (with loads of notes on them) home with me, even though they’re well-used and in pieces. Additionally, it happens to be that books take majority of the space at home, but I don’t collect them purposely.

9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?
Most valuable things there are my husband’s large light-boxes.

10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
I love garlic, salmiakki, Anthon Berg’s liquorice fudge, tom kha soup, crème brûlée, voisilmäpulla, Norwegian goat cheese Snøfrisk, Dutch vla, chocolate milk, kefir, risotto, nuts, berries, butter with salt crystals, black rye bread, butterscotch cookies.

I do not like raisins.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
Lawyer; café and bookshop owner.

12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
Pippi Longstocking, Tommy and Annika.

An exhibition “Not necessarily so” by Laura Toots and Paul Kuimet is on view at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, until February 10, 2013.