We had a chinwag with Alana Bosgra, the 22-year- old behind Lani’s Art. Lani has a philosophy for her art, and for life in general. She sums it up in three points: no mistake is ever too final, to be honest with herself always, and having a sense of humour is important.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I use art to decipher my internal world of thoughts and feelings. I describe my art, which is usually colourful pen and pencil work, as leaning towards a kind of whimsical surrealism. People often tell me that my art reminds them of Alice in Wonderland or Mambo.
Why do you do what you do? Firstly, because it’s my outlet, I have to get my thoughts out, otherwise quirky ideas would bounce around my brain forever. My main interest lies in the link between art and mental health and how helpful it is to express through artwork. I am about to finish a social science degree with plans to continue on to art therapy. I’ve previously travelled Australia sharing my art in schools in every state, and speaking about art and mental health. Linking these two areas is something I am so passionate about.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Let’s take it all the way back to the 1500’s… Hieronymous Bosch is a massive hero of mine! He was ahead his time, creating these super weird creatures and amazingly surreal paintings. This was way before my other hero of the surreal art world, Salvador Dali! Also, Van Gogh really inspires me. Not just his art, but his letters. He had this really honest, soft soul that wasn’t nurtured properly. He was such an interesting character.
What excites you? Oh, man! SO many things. The actual process of coming up with a cracker of an idea, the experience of being so lost in the creative process that you almost go to some other place (it’s hard to describe), and the satisfaction of a finished piece. Also, getting to be part of others’ journeys and listening to other people’s stories is always exciting. Food, a good documentary, and puppies make me extremely happy too!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I do think your own personality is a huge part of the stall. Greeting others, a smile, great chat with those who have stalls around you all make it worthwhile for me! I try to have a nice variety of options for people, price and colour wise. I usually have a range of prints, a copy of my book for sale (a collection of drawings, thoughts and ideas I published in 2015), as well as original artworks.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? Bring tape! I participated in a Rummage in Brisbane city recently that was SO windy! Luckily the others setting up around me let me borrow some tape to keep my things secured otherwise I would have been in trouble. Also bringing some pillows or chairs, a book to read, and a good mindset to sit for a while and be patient.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I am about to launch an online store for my art! Which is very exciting. I am having a mini exhibition/art party/website launch at Mango Tree Café in West End on the 5th of August. I also have a couple of speaking gigs coming up in the community. In these types of gigs, I share my story and share my art with people. Then from here, further study into the world of mental health and art therapy, and further exploring my art style.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? I really love West End, I work there and thoroughly enjoy the whole place. It’s a little bit grungy, and so arty, idealistic and interesting. Definitely cool vibes for sure.
Where we can we find and follow you? (I.e. website, Instagram, facebook, etsy, markets etc.)
My facebook page: facebook.com/lanisarty
My new website (!!!) lanisarty.squarespace.com
My instagram is @lanisarty
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I love the whole vibe of the Suitcase Rummage. It’s straightforward, I love to rummage for a good bargain, and I don’t know anywhere else I can have my work on display. It’s fantastic for meeting lovely people and also find myself the coolest second hand goodies. I also always come home with cute plants too!