Interview: Astrid Espenhain

Interview: Astrid EspenhainImage courtesy of Astrid Espenhain

Interview: Astrid Espenhain

Luca Curci talks with Astrid Espenhain during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space. 

Astrid Espenhain is a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a masters degree in engineering, specializing in light and has supplementet her education with courses at Spektrum Art School in Copenhagen and the NCS Colour Academy in Stockholm. Light, colours and the interaction between them are key elements in her works. Her abstract art videos consist of analogue elements in motion. The typical materials in Astrid Espenhain’s art are synthetics. She knows how to use different kinds of light to transform the materials into a fascinating universe of images in continuous resolution and transformation. Besides the video art, Astrid Espenhain works with physical works of art, including mobiles. Since her debut in 2013, she has exhibited at exhibitions and art fesivals in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, China and France. In 2017 she was named Video Mapping Competition Winner at the opening of European Capital of Culture Aarhus.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Astrid Espenhain – For me, art is a way of exploring life. In my video art I have developed an audiovisual language that I use to explain to myself what life contains and is about.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AE – I am an engineer specializing in light. I have always been fascinated by light and colours and the aesthetic that arises in the encounter between light, colour and material.
I have synesthesia, which means that I see letters and numbers as colours. Colours have always been a central part of me.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
AE – Art must stimulate people’s sensory perception and curiosity.
Art must influence people’s way of thinking, it must stimulate or encourage new ways to view
themselves, life and the world.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AE – I find inspiration in the visual impressions I meet, ie. lights, colours, shapes, textures etc. I also get inspired by fashion, culture and nature.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
AE – One challenge is to keep developing one’s own idiom. Another challenging thing is to accept that you do not have enough time to implement all ideas.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
AE – I find the theme and concept of the festival fascinating and exciting. My artwork was a pre existing work and I think it fits well with the theme and concept of the festival.

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LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
AE – The artwork is an abstract tribute to light and colours. It shows the interaction between light and material in organic forms that are in continuous resolution and transformation. Together, the sound and images make up a delimited universe without scale that comes close and is both unfathomable and understandable. When I edit a video, I tell a story without words to myself about what life contains and is about. It is my hope that the video creates a resonance in the viewer – that it creates a special atmosphere in the viewer, which enables her or him to discover something new in itself.
The artwork connects to the festival theme both in terms of the very organic idiom, and its way of communication – in its own language, directly to the senses of the viewer.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AE – I have always had a special interest in fashion and aesthetics, so I really like that ITSLIQUID focuses on both art, fashion and architecture.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AE – Unfortunately I was not able to attend the event. It is my impression that all parts of the event are very well organized.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AE – Yes, absolutely! ITSLIQUID is a great platform for exposure. 

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