Goddess of Beauty
with Anette Pirso
Cover Artist Interview
Art by Anette Pirso
About the Artist:
Anette Pirso, the artist behind Anette Pirso Illustrations, is a 25 year-old artist working out of her home country of Estonia. A fun fact she let me know: Estonia was actually one of the last places to convert from Paganism to Christianity, before that having animism (the belief that everything has a spirit).
She mainly uses her artistic talents in the depictions of Goddesses, whether through her commonly chosen medium of drawing, or by use of more elaborate techniques like tapestry art.
Anette has devoted this art to depicting the Goddesses more symbolically and culturally significant, moving away from the overtly sexual, or overtly scary visions we have come to see most commonly. Instead, she focuses on bringing a sense of the Goddess through in each depiction, by carefully integrating the authentic lore into the intricate details of her art.
Read along below as Anette shares her motivations behind the art; why all her Goddesses have the same face; when you can expect to see a Tarot Deck on the market, made with Anette Pirso Illustrations – and so much more!
13Moons: “Your artwork always seems to evoke a deeper story, from the hidden symbolism found within your pieces, to the thoroughly-written descriptions, is there a deeper inspiration you have for being so detailed?”
Anette: “I don’t think there is a deeper inspiration persay, but since they are all based on myths and legends, you kind of have to be detailed to bring out as many aspects as you possibly can without overbearing the image. I always want people who look at my art to, before even reading a text of who this Goddess (or whatever character) is about – that they kind of get an overall idea. Like are they the goddess of death, or life, of abundance or whatever really. And I’ve heard from the comments as well that people often recognize the goddess before even reading the name, if they are like a big of that deity, which is always really great to hear.
Which is mainly why I am so detailed, I try to tell a story through symbols. It’s hard as well, because they all have such rich stories, so then to kind of decide what are you going to depict, and what you are going to leave out… But my whole goal is to just put the most basic kind of information out there so that people will be inspired to look deeper themselves – because that whole journey is so much fun to just take on by yourself as well – so I don’t want to spoil everything as well!”
Anette: “Me and my brother have always been very close, we are like best friends, and I know that they say don’t mix family with business and even in Estonia you have a proverb if you want to lose a friend – start a business together, because somehow the money issues and everything always somehow gets in between. But we haven’t had any issues at all, it’s actually been very fun because it’s like co-creation, I send him a picture of the Goddess I want him to create and he basically brings it to life then. It’s a very nice way to put something out into the world and it’s brought us closer – no negative sides thus far.
For some reason we’ve always just gotten along very well. I think by nature he is very accepting, and I am very dramatic, and he has been able to handle me very well – he was just a very positive male-role model in my life growing up, I always really looked up to him. And now to be doing things together is super fun. He actually inspired me to start doing the art that I do, because he draws as well. He focuses on Norse mythology. And the first Goddess I ever created was Freya from Norse mythology, and then it kind of went from there… so it’s actually thanks to him that even branched out to that area I think.”
Anette: “Well, I’ve always been super into medieval tapestries, I think they aesthetically they are so pleasing to look at. So my art right now, it’s kind of like just the Goddess, with a black or brownish background. So now I am excited to branch out into a more different kind of story telling where the whole story is all over the place. I was inspired just by medieval tapestries just how they look like, then also my favorite movie is Song of the Sea that is made by Cartoon Saloon, and there they also had like a tapestry – the whole story is about a Selkie, and Selkies are like seal-women… and there they had an art piece of a Selkie as tapestry and I just fell in love because I was already dong the Goddess things and I was thought wow, I could actually branch out to telling their stories through that kind of medium as well where you kind of use the landscape to set the scene.
Right now I am working on the story of Persephone, and it is very fun because I’ve been doing this very certain way of drawing for such along time now that my brain has to work differently, how are these pieces going to come together so that it doesn’t become oversaturated. But I’m going to do a couple smaller ones and eventually put them together and you can see the whole picture… but… we’ll see how it goes!”
“The representation was just not really there, it was either overly sexualized or very spooky looking.”
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