Interview: Allison Kotzig

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Irreversible Forest (video still), 2014

Interview – Allison Kotzig

Allison Kotzig‘s conversation with curator Luca Curci about the experience during Pixels of Identities – Spain.

Allison Kotzig is an international installation, mixed-media and video artist. Her challenging and often amusing 3D pieces highlight misogynistic undercurrents in culture through the use of sex-store vaginas, toys, found polaroids and other objects. Her video work addresses the dreamy interface between reality and trance and our individual connection to Infinity and the Universe. She is involved with the nomadic Public Art project, Giants in the City, which brings monumental inflatable sculpture to cities around the world. She currently splits her time between Miami and a small village in the foothills of the Slovak Carpathian Mountains, where she helps to run an Inn and organic slow food restaurant dedicated to local produce, ethical practices and DIY products.

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Irreversible Forest (video still), 2014

Luca Curci – When you start practicing art and why?

Allison Kotzig – I started to be more serious about making art about 2 years ago. In part it was a rebellion against a consumerist culture, I wanted to create and not consume. As well I use art as a way to discuss issues affecting women, such as systemic misogyny, violence and marginalization in a way that is funny as well as occasionally shocking to some. I just started working with video this year and find it incredible medium for the expression of my vision.

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Dark Ouroboros, 2014

L. C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?

A. K. – I work in video, mixed media and installation art. Process is very important for me, I love to experiment and build, the synchronicity that happens is so inspiring. As well, the beauty of the world, small moments, flashes of light and mystery, social injustice all inspire my work.

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Centaur Forest (video still), 2014

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

A. K. – Istvan Szilagyi and I, are collaborating on a site-specific interactive video installation for Irreversible Magazine that will debut at Art Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. It is a piece discussing the illusory nature of habit, safety and security through the aesthetics of the Fairy Tale. I am also working on a series of sculptures entitled Ouroboros that discusses infinity and cyclicality through the use of pelvic bones and fertility sculptures.

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Ouroboros, September 2013

L. C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

A. K. – Hard to say. To spend time on creating opportunities around yourself in order to show your work, also to just focus inward to realize your own truth as an artist.

L. C. – What is art for you?

A. K. – Defining art is not something I get into…Art is everywhere and everything.

Allison KotzigAllison Kotzig, Summer Reverie (video still), May 2014

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization? Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

A. K. – International Art Expo creates amazing opportunities to exhibit work in incredible locations. For me, it is always wonderful to see other artist’s work and to meet and converse with them, so many ideas and inspiration can come of this. I feel that International Art Expo is a platform for artists to meet, exhibit, share our individual visions and to grow.

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