One of our first questions to Anastassia Elias was where do you get all the toilet paper rolls from? She didn’t answer and we quickly realized that this question really wasn’t of any interest to anybody but us. What’s far more important is that the 34-year old artist from Paris cuts out beautiful and refined figures and places them neatly within a used toilet paper roll – it is unlike anything we have ever seen before. We are stunned by the detail of the different scenes and sceneries; we hope you feel the same.
How do you cut out the forms and figures?
I use manicure scissors and cutters to cut the small paper shapes. I select paper of the same colour as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes.
How long does it take you to finish one role?
Once the idea is found, I need few hours to make one piece, 2-3 hours on average.
When and where did you have the idea?
One day I looked at an empty roll and wondered if I can do something with it. And later, with no reason, I had an idea. I made the first roll May 2009.
What’s your passion?
I am passionate about my work. I am also interested in artistic creation in general.
How did you get into art?
I am self-taught and I started working full time as an artist in 2001.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the people around me; the anonymous. Ignoring all of them allows me to invent the stories. Other artists inspire me too, they push me to expand my explorations.
What is your ultimate goal in life as an artist?
The things that I like in creation are, among other things, exploration and invention. I hope to continue to create and to keep my curiosity alive.