Interview: Dominika Köck
Luca Curci talks with Dominika Köck during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
A Styrian artist with Polish roots. I was born in Poland in 1985. When I was a child I really enjoyed painting like many other children, but I invested, next to the school, more and more time in painting and it developed little by little love and passion for it. Therefore, at the age of 15, I decided to attend the PLSP art school in Krosno Poland, and completed it. In 2005 I came to Austria and started to work there and painting got more and more sidelined until I finally had nothing more to do with it. Through my daughter Sophie I rediscovered my old “love”. She asked me to help her paint every now and then, and so we painted together. And so I tried again to paint my first pictures with watercolor on paper. From week to week more and more pictures were added. I had a lot of fun and joy again painting. I was very happy that I was able to rediscover this longing for art. Since then I have found ways and means to express these irrepressible emotions in pictures to represent, to shape into objects, to life in the material also outside of myself awaken. I share my art in unique works. Sometimes in a fixed structure, sometimes wild and spontaneous, always 100% me. I am my style! “Domik” is emotion, and spontaneity, but never boring and aloof.
Luca Curci – What is your background?
Dominika Köck – I want to touch and reach many people with my art. It is also important to me that my works are not only looked at but also felt, so that’s why it is very nice when emotions are triggered in oneself when looking at my works of art.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
DK – I had nothing to do with painting for over 10 years and gave up what I loved. During this time, my dreams and the desire to paint were no longer a priority. I kept suppressing my emotions and there came a point where I didn’t want to anymore. I realized that I had to change something in my life. It was like playing a role in the theatre that wasn’t meant for me. I found the courage to change my life situation and also rediscovered my old love, painting. While painting my first work of art, I let my emotions run free and I felt real again for the first time in a long time. At that moment I knew that art was my life and I didn’t want to do anything else. Since some of my works consist of naked women, I want to express that every woman is a beautiful being who has the strength to be free and I want to give them the courage not to let their own emotions be suppressed.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme? And Which subject are you working on?
DK – Most of my work is related to the inner and outer beauty of women.
No matter what emotions the women reflect in my artworks, they also contain a lot of warmth, dynamism, and aesthetics. I am currently working on a t-shirt and hoody collection because it is very important to me that my art is integrated and worn into everyday life. My clothing is hand-painted by me, making each piece of clothing unique.
LC -How do you feel when you see your work completed?
DK – I feel free and happy.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
DK – It’s a wonderful feeling to be an artist. And I made what I love into my job. Of course, it is hard work and you also need courage and luck. If you want to be successful, you should devote yourself 100 percent to art and live it with passion. The positive feedback I get from people makes me very proud and happy and shows me that I can reach a lot of people with my art.
LC – Has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works? And in which way are they connected with the theme?
DK – They were all existing works because I had a lot of artworks in the studio that went with the theme of the exhibition. In fact, they are perfectly connected. The artworks were very well-considered and appropriate to the exhibition “THE BODY LANGUAGE” selected.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DK – Yes, I am very happy that ITSLIQUID chose me and made it possible for me to exhibit my works in my favorite city Venice, which means a lot to me. It was very professional from the first email. I felt very well looked after and in good hands. My questions were answered immediately and my wishes were taken into account. The warmth and friendliness of the ITSLIQUID team were then confirmed at the exhibition in Venice. A fantastic team where you can immediately feel the love and passion for art.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform? And about the organization of our event?
DK – I think it’s great that there are platforms like ITSLIQUID, which work very seriously and professionally and give artists from all over the world the opportunity to present their works of art in different countries. The event was very well organized. It has exceeded my expectations. The artists were warmly welcomed. One noticed the importance and significance of art.