Interview: Alina Hermann
Luca Curci talks with Alina Hermann, one of the selected artist of VISIONS – CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Alina Hermann was born in 1987 in the idyllic countryside of Germany and currently lives and works near Heidelberg, Germany. Originally with a scientific background, she found her way back to art in 2021 during a creative retreat on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Immediately after, she started to learn artistic basics and various techniques such as pencil and charcoal portraiture as well as acrylic and oil painting in dedicated online courses. In the summer of 2022, she decided to acquire even more artistic skills and knowledge by starting the 1-year online Mastery Program at the Milan Art Institute (USA).
In her work, she utilizes collage, texture paste, markers and other tools to create a variety of contrasts and shapes. Her process for creating an abstract work is largely intuitive and exploratory. It begins with the application of many thin layers of paint, followed by the contemplation and further elaboration of shapes, patterns, lines and symbols. It is all about finding the balance between chaos and calm, excitement and relaxation. From this disordered state, a new world emerges with every new painting. “With my art I hope to create access to these unknown places beyond the canvas and invite the viewer to explore them even further”, Alina says.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Alina Hermann – Part of the art school program I am in at the moment is the exploration of different styles and techniques. With this also came an “abstract week”. I tried three different approaches they suggested in the program until I painted my painting Cyber Poppies with the third approach. And there I found it: This one really felt like me and I knew I wanted to do more of it.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
AH – In the quick steps there is no thought at all, it’s more intuitive and comes from within what feels right at that moment, like where I place a piece of collage or where I apply texture paste. In the quiet moments, I think about what shapes I can find on the canvas, how they can be connected and brought into tension with each other. This requires a lot of concentration and I’m often pretty exhausted afterwards. At this stage, the title or a direction for it also often emerges in my mind, inspired by color schemes, shapes, or simply the feeling that the resulting piece gives me. When it comes to rituals, I start by choosing the paper for the collage, which is a kind of meditation. I also like to listen to different types of music that fit each step of my process. This can range from classical to club music to hard rock or even atmospheric music.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
AH – I guess, it is my way to bring out my energy and feelings. As a more introverted person these parts of me often stay within me and with art I found a way to release them. And even if I feel exhausted after some steps with high concentration, the whole process in itself gives me so much freedom and the feeling that there are no limits.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
AH – Calm and satisfied, like when I have climbed a mountain in the Alps all day and now look over the wide and stunning landscape to see what I have achieved. But also a bit critical every time, to check what can still be done better or whether the title feels still right.
LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
AH – I want to explore more color schemes to narrow down the ones that really feel like me. I can imagine doing a series inspired by different nature themes e.g. color combinations found in birds. Furthermore, I would like to experiment more in the collage range, using collected plants, sand or other textural elements.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AH – Being relatively new to the world of art, I am always impressed by all the different facets that art can have and how it changes over time and between cultures and societies. So I love the topic of exploring all these different views and also reflecting on what that means for us as individuals.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
AH – My artwork is meant to serve as portals and pathways for people to enter other worlds, create their own visions and views within them, and embark on a journey behind the canvas and to them. I often get to hear very different things that people can see and connect with in my paintings. This is probably also influenced by their specific position in the cultural and social context.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AH – Using the ITSLIQUID platform is a great way to connect with art interested people all over the world. There are versatile possibilities with exhibitions, features and contests. I think it is a great concept to combine all these in one platform. Furthermore, it looks professional with good-quality photos and constant updates.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AH – Since I wasn’t there live, I can only talk about the online promotion, which was pretty good. I enjoyed reading the reviews and it was great to see all the photo impressions from the event. Next time I will definitely attend the opening event, as it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to network and meet all the other artists and visitors.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AH – Yes, it was a great experience! Although I missed the opening night, I was able to make a short trip to Venice and visit the exhibition itself. As for the service, there was good email communication, clear information help with organizing shipping, etc. All in all, it was a wonderful package with the exhibition, promotion and interview.