Interview: Brigitte Dietz

Interview: Bridgitte DietzImage courtesy of Bridgitte Dietz

Interview: Brigitte Dietz

Luca Curci talks with Brigitte Dietz during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES of BORDERS festival in Venice on August 2016.  Brigitte Dietz was born 1953 in Heidelberg, Germany. After school, she studied classical philology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and graduated as civil servant of teaching. Dietz has been artistically productive since her schooldays, specially supported by her professor Bernhard Epple and later Traugott Notz. She early specialized in portrait painting in oil, mixed technique, collage and pastell. Besides, she designed book covers, staged and arranged puppetrys and fashioned indoor mural art. Since 2010, Dietz has participated in several exhibitions in Germany and around Europe.

 

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Luca Curci – Please tell me about your art/the artwork shown during our festival.

Bridgitte Dietz – During the festival, I displayed two portraits, a triptych portrait of Charlie Chaplin and a portrait of Martin Buber. The portrait of Chaplin is one of my favourites. I consider him one of the most ingenious artists of the 20th century. His biography is stamped by extreme polarities: poverty and wealth, celebration and despisement, in the focus of the crowd but isolated in solitude. I was very eager to paint him in his role of the tramp. This artificial figure is indeed not himself, but closely tight to his personality. I chose this motive, because through his clownish mask, we have the chance to catch an authentic glimpse of him, including his extraordinary suffering and conflictive experience. Martin Buber, the jewish philosopher and author of „I And Thou“, put his focus on the encounter between me and the other. In short, he discovered that there were at least two modes in which we can encounter the other: we can meet him in a technical way as a stereotype and categorize him instantly or we can meet him in an authentic way as this person in his wholeness that is a unique cosmos itself. Depending on the mode we are choosing, we get stuck in our personal notion-based environment or in contrary we liquidate them and develop our self. With this philosophy, Buber is one of the main inspirations for me as a portrait painter. He connects again, what has been separated, to an actual unity. Very impressive, above all these days!

 

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L.C. – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artworks presented been created for the festival (name) or as a part of pre-existent works?

B.D. – The paintings were created before. But the theme “Fragmented Identities” was like a gift to me. Because this is a fundamental question I am working on all along: Who are? What is our self and how many selfs do we actually have? In my work I try to find an expression for the many facets of an unique personality. Painting a person is not only about painting a unique face. It is more about painting a specific personality in its individuality. This is the real challenge for portrait artists. Therefore the exhibition theme suited perfectly to my work.

L.C. – When you start practicing art and why?

B.D. – Already back in my schooldays, I drew my classmates and teachers. It was always my dream to become an artist. But other things became priority and for many decades I continued to paint aside, as a hobby so to say. Not until 2009, I started to focus on painting in a professional way and to exhibit my paintings.

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

B.D. – By painting, I try to explore the paradox of the human being living alone in community. Whom are we representing and who are we in reality? Already in our personal lives, we have troubles to answer this question in a satisfactory way. As a portrait artist, my task is to discover this difference in every personality. Therefore Martin Buber is of great importance! All personalities with outstanding capabilities can be so inspiring! Be it artistic, mental or about social skills. So, every encounter of authenticity is valuable.

 

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

B.D. – My main aim is, that my paintings stimulate an interdependency between painting and observer. That the observer “completes“ the final pictures in his way. It is not about right or wrong, not about judging the painting. But if the visitor gives me a genuine feedback, I will appreciate it a lot. It gives me incitement and encouragement. These moments are of course one of the many reasons, why I paint. I get new ideas.

L.C. – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?

B.D. – Well I think that I will focus above all on portraits. This genre is fascinating me already since decades! There are always exciting new possibilities I am finding. In the recent years, I concentrated on finding ways to enrichen and complete the portrayals of human beings with abstract parts on my paintings. You could say that at the moment my main occupation is to connect both genres. The interaction between them is exciting!
L.C. – What do you think about It’s LIQUID Platform? Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?

B.D. – It’s Liquid Platform is actually very interesting with exciting art news and reports and photos of art works and exhibitions. It is a place to get inspired by browsing through the page. Besides, It’s Liquid Group is a very powerful opportunity for artists and therefore I am proud, thankful and glad to be selected in exhibitions by them.

 

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