Student Artist Spotlight: Anastasia Inciardi

Anastasia Inciardi is an Art History Major and Studio Art Minor from Brooklyn, New York.

Why Studio Art?

For her entire life, Anastasia has been surrounded by art and music. Her mother used to be what Anastasia described as a “corporate art curator,” and now works for The Rolling Stones. Her father is currently serving as the head curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. As she explained, Anastasia, “always made art.” But she “wasn’t really focused on it” until she enrolled in free art classes at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. After taking those classes, she became more committed to her art and began working at museums including the Museum of Modern Art.

image1Anastasia’s dorm/studio.

Medium of Choice?

At first, in high school, Anastasia mostly practiced photography. Eventually, she discovered a passion for illustration which she retains today. She particularly favors turning her illustrations into stop-motion animations. In her words, she likes to make her illustrations “come alive.” In addition to her stop motion animations, Anastasia has started a small T-Shirt business. In an improvised studio in her Mather dorm, she designs and uses wood block prints to create unique T-Shirt designs which display a range of subjects, mostly relating to people and buildings which she has carried with her from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. She donates all of the profits to Planned Parenthood, and has collected up at least 60 orders so far.

image3One of Anastasia’s original prints.

Who are Anastasia’s Inspirations?

Anastasia particularly enjoys the work of illustrator Julia Rothman. As Anastasia said, “I’m obsessed with her.” Rothman illustrates for publications such as the New York Times. She also designs wallpapers, books, and other goods. Better yet, Anastasia got to meet Rothman at a gathering of illustrators. Besides Rothman, Anastasia also gains inspiration from video artist Hannah Jacobs, whose music videos on Vimeo have inspired Anastasia’s stop-motion animations.

232Julia Rothman’s rendition of both Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

by Herbert Matthew Dittersdorf ’19


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