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Daily Dozen with Estonian Artist Katrin Koskaru 0

Katrin Koskaru was born in 1977 in Estonia, and now lives and works in London. She studied Painting at the Royal College of Art from 2011-2013, and at the Estonian Academy of Arts from 2002-2005; she also studied Textile Design at Tartu Art College from 1998-2002. She was recently awarded The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prize 2013, and has been offered a residency at Pascaline Mulliez Galerie, Paris.

At the moment, Koskaru's work can be seen in “Can't Go On, Must Go On”, a group show featuring six Estonian artists, at Tallinn Art Hall.

What’s the best moment of your day?

My afternoon nap.

Why do you work as an artist?

Because I am curious.

Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you? 

Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Crystal of Resistance”, at the 2011 Venice Biennale. I haven’t been able to attend a Nick Cave concert yet, but I’m sure it's affective.

Where do you currently get ideas for your works? 

From books and buildings.

Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

“The Bijlmer Spinoza-Festival”, by Thomas Hirschhorn.

What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

Earning money to make art.

Do you sleep a lot?

I try not to.

Do you collect anything?

I obsessively bookmarked articles from the internet; it started out as well-organized research, but it got out of hand, and now I have no idea anymore what this is all about and where anything is and why.

What is one of the most important things in your studio?


What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

I like cod liver with dill; I also like crisps, I’m a crisps addict. I hate crisps.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be good.

Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Thomas Bernhard and Luis Buñuel.