Interview: Gabriele Höhne
Luca Curci talks with Gabriele Höhne during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Gabriele Höhne is a German visual artist and designer. She produces interactive installations as well as illustrations and paintings. Currently, painting is a large part of her practice. The fascination with the spectrum of the human psyche, the intersection of imagination and reality drive her art which integrates the layers of the story behind emotions. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art hubs in London, Düsseldorf and Berlin.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Gabriele Höhne – I am working on an immersive interactive installation on the perception of diving in the water. Also, on series of self-reflecting paintings on human perception of life situations.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GH – I studied integrated Visual Communication, Communication Design, Animation and Illustration in Germany and the UK. Then, I worked in Advertising and Interaction Design before focusing more on an artistic approach. Once I lost my sense of colour after a head injury. It came back – luckily, and made me more interested in the human senses, and how one sense becomes stronger when the other is weak, how we see and perceive.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GH – Online education and the online market, new tools and globalisation are great chances for learning, developing as well as sharing one’s art to a large community. It’s great – I still think the face to face dialogue with the recipient of the art is invaluable. You, as an artist, can express your voice in any form you like. Especially here in London, with all the creative buzz and diversity, we have lots of freedom to express ourselves
LC – What is your creative process like?
GH – A small scrapbook is my daily companion everywhere I go. It contains experiences, new insights, ideas, dreams, conversation fragments, images, etc. in writing, drawing, painting and collected artefacts. At times it serves as a project supporter as well as an accelerator. The ideas for the next project can come from all kinds of personal experiences, even traumatic ones, as well as themes that catch my attention and that I want to explore deeper. After the igniting spark, there can be different approaches. Either starting directly with paint on canvas – I usually work on different paintings at the same time to keep the flow going which can end up in automatic painting, or a more linear approach from sketching and writing to the final piece.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
GH – Certainly, through sharing their perception.
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?
GH – The work reflects on the alchemical process of transformation. The transformation of the human personality to reach the highest state of purity and truth – gold. The paintings express the alchemical journey processes in our changeable existence. Different stages of transformation are shown in each painting. I want the process to be taken as a beautiful metaphor of life as a journey. As humans, we need to be balanced within the elements. We learn through sometimes painful experiences, the real truth, and see that we have a body but we are not only the body. The alchemical wisdom of the elements is within us. Everyone can interpret this individually.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
GH – Yes, the meaning of “liquid” and how you defined it for yourself with the aspects of fluidity, motion, connection and accessibility works very well on creating a creative space and bringing people together. ITSLIQUID Group as a high-quality communication platform for different disciplines without boundaries connection. The theme of the festival created diversity and connection. It set the frame without being restrictive. It was great to see how every artist approached the field of the ALCHEMIC BODY and the elements.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
GH – Great space and evening reception. I loved the interdisciplinary approach.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GH – I did, it felt very welcomed. You gave also good advice and help. The conversation was prompt. It created a feeling of trust.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
GH – Yes, I hope to work with you again in the future. Your service portfolio is multidisciplinary and multifunctional. Great concept!