Imaginary Friends, by Sandra Juto.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Jane Goodall Institute.
Sandra Juto lives and works in Berlin, Germany, which she moved to recently after living for over thirty years in Sweden. In 2009 she got her MFA from the School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University. She is self-employed and works as an artist, blogger, illustrator, and graphic designer, and runs an online shop where she sells her self-produced work. Her biggest passions are long walks, taking pictures, Twin Peaks marathons, having coffee, reading books at empty cafés, yarn, people watching, wine, and playing with other people's dogs.
About the print:
This artwork is about imaginary friends. I recently moved to a new country and have started wondering about friendship. Who is a real friend and who is imaginary? And does it matter?
This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.
The images above are of the making of the original collage artwork.
What has inspired you recently?
Listening to Swedish radio, discovering my new city, taking some time off from socializing and the internet, learning more everyday German (the German that the schoolbooks don't teach)...
Why did you choose to pair The Jane Goodall Institute with your print?
Their motto says everything: "Empowering people to make a difference for all living things."
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I don't know about the world in general, but I know that my own world has become a better place ever since I understood that I could work as an artist.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
This was the hardest question for me to answer. I've been trying to come up with a good person to name, but here is the truth: It took me quite some time to accept that I'm a lone wolf when it comes to my work life. I felt quite embarrassed about this for a long time. Seeing myself trying to sneak away every time I was in a group project made me understand that I couldn't go on forcing myself to work with others. After that realization, I felt much better.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Lisen Adbåge, Hanna Konola, and Gemma Correll are three ladies I admire - they are so passionate about their work, and always inspire me to be the same. The Pet Shop Boys are my all time favourite artists.