Interview: Alexia Kalteis

Interview: Alexia KalteisImage courtesy of Alexia Kalteis

Interview: Alexia Kalteis

Luca Curci talks with Alexia Kalteis during BODIES – SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018.
Alexia Kalteis is an Artist, Actress and Theatre Producer. She was born in Greece, lived in countries such as India, Macedonia, Belarus, USA and continued travelling the world whenever she had the opportunity before submitting to the enchantment of Shangai, China. 12 years later, a new quest awaited her: the road back to “reality”, away from her beloved China. She now lives in Salzburg, Austria where she is trying to put her focus on her Art amidst the reverse culture shock she is currently experiencing. Between exhibitions in Lisbon and Venice, she can be found working on art commissions and writing a play that she wants to stage in the next couple of years. She is very curious yet excited, to see what the future holds and is loving every step of the way.

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Alexia Kalteis – I was born in Athens, Greece but grew up in many different countries. All these countries with their different cultures left a profound impression on me. It was these cultural influences as well as my relationship with people; family, friends, partners, that inspired, and still inspire me today, to draw. I come from Austria originally but also have German, Russian and Ukrainian roots. I don’t really have a country I call home and am therefore always in search for the next adventure.

 

L.C. – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?

A.K. – The eyes are by far my favorite subject to draw. They tell the story of each individual, no matter if they try to conceal it or not. As the quote goes, “The eyes are the window to the soul”. The eyes of each individual differ so immensely that each time I look at someone, I become enthralled anew.

 

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L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

A.K. – Finding the time to focus on creating because my daughter wants attention all the time.

 

L.C. – What are you currently working on?

A.K. – It’s actually quite exciting as I am currently working on 3 commissions with prospects of bigger projects in the near future. These projects are helping me to grow as an artist and leading me towards my goal of being self – employed.

 

L.C. – What is role does the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?

A.K. – I believe that artist of any field, Theatre, Art, etc., help the rest of the population understand a world otherwise unknown to them. They create windows to the magic that is already around us for the ones who can’t see.

 

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L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

A.K – “Never compare yourself to the other artists” and “There will always be some who love your work and some who hate it”. In the retrospect the suggestions given by visitors help me find areas in my art that I still need to work on. They also give me a glimpse into the mind of the visitor as I, purposefully, do not title my drawings because the interpretations of each individual are highly fascinating.

 

L.C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

A.K. – This festival, with all ist shows, has concepts that I can relate to on a personal level. Everything I have been through, everything that I believe in and everything that I still want to do can be summarized into the concepts of these shows. They inspire me to create and give me the confidence that there are others out there wanting to explore similar ideas as me.

 

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L.C. – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?

A.K. – Absolutely. There are so many artists out there who don’t have the opportunity to show their art in the way that ITSLIQUID GROUP offers. It is therefore an invaluable platform to be a part of.

 

L.C. – What are you suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?

A.K. – The only 2 suggestions I can think of are, to provide more tangible marketing material for the artist that he/she can use for networking/CV and providing help finding accomodation near the show with a possible reduced price for the artists that are part taking, so that personally attending the show would be made more realistic.

 

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