Interview: Katerina Christopoulou
Luca Curci talks with Katerina Christopoulou during the 4th Edition of LONDON CONTEMPORARY, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Katerina Christopoulou is a Greek visual artist born in 1977. Her Artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 2008. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2008. She graduated from the Interior Design University of Athens. She worked as a Professor of Arts in several public and private institutions in Athens and taught ceramics at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Salamanca, Spain. Katerina is co-Founder and Manager of “Art TuTu” Collective and Studio founded and operating in the centre of Athens since 2012.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Katerina Christopoulou – Since prehistorical times, art came first as it preceded speech. Although appraised by many as keystone of human existence, in our days is considered as an unnecessary luxury. For me it is a way of living. I consider myself a lucky person to follow this path. To be able to explore myself and observe the world through art.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
KC – Gradually, step by step, with each work stimulating and giving ideas for the next one. Also, with sudden, intense changes of direction. My practice is closer to that of the craftsman, the manufacturer who joins pieces together and mixes the materials without knowing exactly where it will end up, rather than the conceptual artist who envisions a work, having predetermined the final result.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
KC – The inspiration may come from a material, an object, some texture. I am inspired by abandoned old objects, because they carry within them life and human energy. Most of the time, I start from an inanimate object, but ultimately the inspiration is the life that lies beneath it.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
KC – From my point of view, although being an artist today is not easy, it is still beautiful. There are a lot of difficulties because you are constantly confronted with the issue of earning your living. For example, you have created some works that have a commercial impact but you are no longer inspired or satisfied by this route and want to experiment with something else. Will you do it or will you continue in what will ensure you an income? Or, you still can’t make money from your art. Will you be forced to find a job, always keeping in mind to invent time and a way to remain an artist, or will you give up? On the other hand, the life of an artist offers joy, it is a path that brings you close to yourself, confronting the world, you are called through your art to analyse, to interpret, to understand and to evolve. It is a form of meditation to be in the studio, surrounded by your work. Time stands still and you are transferred in a place, where you are asked to be absolutely free, absolutely there, to be authentic, courageous. To endure and cope with failure is also part of the process. I wish all people included art in their lives. The world would be better, less violent and more meaningful place. Through my work as an art teacher, I try to make children understand that they are artists. Everyone can be an artist! I don’t believe in skills, I believe in character and sensitivity. I believe in the choice that someone makes to make his own path.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
KC – The topics that interest me lately have to do with humans and his connection with his body in a fragmented environment. I am always fascinated by human works, the objects a man manufactures. I really like hands because I believe they express emotions in a suggestive way, I avoid a face-to-face attack to the emotion. I am trying to explore all the qualities and expressive potential of the materials I use. I am also experimenting with associations of objects and materials outside the painting space. To your question, if I use art to express something specific, I would answer no. I do art because I need it and I enjoy it and I inevitably express myself through this process.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
KC – MIXING IDENTITIES analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality. The work “untitled” that I chose for the exhibition is part of my current work that responds fully to the theme of the exhibition.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
KC – In my work ‘“untitled’” the body is attributed symbolically through natural textures, shapes, forms, mechanical elements etc, while seeking its correlations with the outside world through seemingly paradoxical associations.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
KC – Very much. I am very honoured that I participated in “’London contemporary” with ITSLIQUID GROUP.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
KC – I would definitely recommend it. There is a reliable team behind the platform that helps the artist, cares about the result and fulfils all their commitments.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
KC – High aesthetic and active people that you are happy to work with.