Interview: Gerti Papesch
Luca Curci talks with Gerti Papesch during the 17th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Gerti Papesch is a visual artist who draws inspiration from unusual color combinations in nature. At the beginning of the 90s she came into contact with the Tarot Garden of the artist Niki de Saint Phalle and was fascinated by the power and charisma of the oversized and colorful sculptures and their work in nature.
Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Gerti Papesch – My motivation to paint is, to make the unity and power of nature visible and tangible for all people. Today we live in a time very much driven by technology and progress, in which we quickly lose sight of nature and its power, although it always surrounds us and shows us in a gentle way how to entrust ourselves to it. Since my childhood and still today, I have sought refuge in nature in confused situations, which gives me help and support in many ways. Nature, its power and unity as well as its cycles are therefore at the center of my work. In the dialogue between the secrets of nature and artistic design, I find the connections in nature that are not obviously visible. In this way, I am very strongly inspired by their diversity as well as their phenomena, so that works full of liveliness and passion are created, through which the viewer can perceive and feel nature more intensely again.
LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
GP – My inspiration draws from unusual color combinations in nature. At the beginning of the 90s I came into contact with the Tarot Garden of the artist Niki de Saint Phalle and I was fascinated by the power and charisma of the oversized and colorful sculptures and their work in nature. These extraordinary impressions release deeply dormant creative energies in me and I began to create large sculptures myself and present them in nature.
LC – How is your creative process?
GP – My abstract works are created in a working process that progresses over many layers. In doing so, I use different materials and multifaceted painting techniques to describe moments or to reinforce pictorial statements. I capture the unity and power of nature for the viewer, transform it into colors and molecular forms and he will remember and feel his own nature
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
GP – My art is a dialogue between the secrets of nature and my artistic design. My works show an experimentation with natural forms, which in their expression remind the viewer of his own nature and allow him to feel it.
My knowledge and clarity of natural cycles enable me to absorb the essence of them and process them in a design process. Through abstraction and simplification of form, I pass on these insights to the viewer and support the perception and processing of his own knowledge of the interrelationships in nature.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GP – Nowadays, the artist has considerably more opportunities to present himself internationally and independently of galleries and local exhibitions than 20 years ago, when the technical possibilities, the Internet and social media were not yet so well developed. This offers great opportunities for the artist. But in my opinion it changes the self-image of the artist, as not only art production, but also one’s own marketing and communication hast to be done. The artist thus becomes an entrepreneur. For me personally, this opens up more opportunities, as I am an entrepreneur anyway and like to act independently. Nevertheless, I think that this entrepreneurial view is not easy for every artist to adopt.
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?
GP – The artworks „Summer Vibes I and II“ show a phenomen , when in summer, nature picks up a special vibration. It is concentrated, but also extensive, chaotic and at the same time orderly. A space of abundance and power is created, which extends to all beings. Spaces and body states are condensed and connected via different layers in the artwork.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
GP – When I applied to participate in the exhibition, these works had just been created, which I think fit well to the theme of the exhibition. It was a fortunate circumstance that I could to present them right away.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
GP – I would always want to work with ITLIQUID GROUP again if the circumstances and the topic suit me. In the collaboration, I would have liked to have had a contact person who would have accompanied me through the cooperation at the exhibition and would continue to accompany me. The cooperation itself was very good and the communication was always fast, very friendly and pleasant.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
GP – It would have been helpful for me to know the dates in detail (date of deliver, date of pick-up at the end of the exhibition). For some exhibitions, the price for participation is already communicated in the call for applications. Personally, I think that’s better, but it’s probably not easy to implement for ITLIQUID GROUP’s business model.
A digital exhibition catalogue would be helpful in order to publish participation in the exhibition as a reference on one’s own media. In other exhibitions, the works are presented with a video, which the artist can also use and disseminate.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GP – ITSLIQUID GROUP is an interdisciplinary and open-minded platform for different art disciplines, which offers an information and exchange platform for artists and art lovers alike. The platform has been pursuing a clear vision for many years and shows it through news and exhibitions at exquisite locations.
Especially for raising up artists, it is an excellent opportunity to present themselves to a broader international audience.