Interview: Carmen Rieger
Luca Curci talks with Carmen Rieger during the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
“It all started in my childhood as a play with rainwater. I could sit for hours at the window, observing the game that rainwater creates on the windowpane. After the rain, I went outside with chalk in my hands and drew the outlines of the puddles of water that formed on the sidewalk. At home, colored pencils and kilos of moulding paste were scattered all over, used to create unique characters and fantasy-filled scenes inspired by the game of rain. I studied Industrial Design and after graduating I worked as a furniture designer. It was an interesting time in my life because the design profession teaches you to observe nature in detail, and to look for new forms, structures and materials. I have always liked to observe the organic shapes that fluids create through their movement on different surfaces”.
“Fluidism is a concept through which I express my artistic creed in works of art inspired by the existence of a complex substance of outstanding properties and qualities: water. WATER is a unique and indestructible substance. WATER is the basis of life, growth and change. WATER has the ability to regenerate continually. WATER shoots and heals. WATER shows understanding and sensitivity. WATER is an accomplished artist. WATER is the most important element on the planet, can be found in 70% of our earth and in the same proportion in the bodies of humans, animals and plants- sometimes, even in a larger quantity. I have chosen to use the seven colors of the rainbow and the shades obtained by combining them in all my artworks”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Carmen Rieger – Art for me is like a river. The biggest and most powerful river in human history. A river with fantastic colors, sounds and shapes, with hidden messages and healing powers that takes with it the emotions of those who feel and understand its vibrations.
LC – What are you currently working on?
CR – Now I’m working on a portrait of Lady Diana (120×100 cm) in acrylic colors. This portrait is a homage to feminine beauty and elegance. What particularly fascinates me about Lady Diana is the intense light and shyness in her eyes. It’s very difficult to paint in my style this complex, emotional inner world reflected in her eyes. For the first time in a painting, I will use numbers and sequences of numbers. Numbers are the alphabet through which the Universe speaks with us and transmits information to us. The sequences of numbers that I’ll include in my artworks, are for me like a decoding of the messages that all beings have in their liquid state of manifestation.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And contemporary art?
CR – Throughout time, artists have realized that art can play a significant role in shaping history. The role of the artists is not only to describe life but most important to shed light and provoke changes in many aspects of our society. The artists are the avant-garde in society. To help others to see what cannot be seen, to create a visible presence of the invisible; to shed a new light on old things; to continue to create and experiment, to be curious, to persevere and never give up; to be noisy and provoke; to be strange and unconventional; to be a Voice of his time.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CR – Water has been and remains the main source of inspiration for me. I have always looked with great interest at the movement of liquids on different surfaces. Drawing the organic shapes that liquids take in their movement accompanied me since childhood. This remains a passion for all my life.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
CR – I sometimes feel that I’m “pushed” to make certain changes in my art that come unexpectedly in unforeseen situations. But the funniest thing is, that these unexpected changes are exactly the missing pieces from the puzzle, helping me to define my art style. For me, these are the most interesting and challenging moments in the process of creating my artworks.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CR – This Art Exhibition has two sections: LIQUID ROOMS and FUTURE LANDSCAPES. The concept of the LIQUID ROOMS section is about a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression. It’s about a new reality that finds and elaborates on its nature in the liquid state of things. We are in the presence of liquid modernity, we are immersed in it and we’re carried away by the flow of eternal becoming.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CR – It’s all about fluidity. Everything flows. Fluidity belongs to the human being, is in our biological composition and in the composition of our society in which we all are immersed.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CR – Yes, certainly. ITSLIQUID GROUP represents an opportunity for all artists who have started a personal journey in art, who want to explore their unique identity, who have a story to tell.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CR – The experience that I had with ITSLIQUID GROUP is a very positive one. I decided to continue this collaboration. Thanks to the entire team for the great quality of their work and for the full support provided.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CR – Is a highly professional platform for contemporary art, architecture, design and fashion. A platform that plays a key role in promoting new artists and new forms of art.