Interviews | June 2, 2020 |

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Interview: kAtheFee
Luca Curci
talks with kAtheFee during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

The founder of the brand “kAtheFee” is a Viennese artist with Russian background. She was born in Russia in 1983 and presently lives and works in Vienna, Austria. After graduating with an MA in Intercultural Communications in Russia and MBA in Financial Management in Austria she finally returns to her long years passion – drawing and photography. Her creativity and self-finding led her to a small but successful art-studio in Vienna, owned by Ms Dinara Hörtnagl (TOP 100 Young Russian Artists according to InArt version) teaching her drawing and acrylic technique. Among kAtheFee’s art curators there are also Mr Sabit Nurimov (associate professor of St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design and member of Russian Union of Artists, Sankt Petersburg, Russia) giving her masterclasses in oil painting and anatomy sketching, Chinese artist Mr Lo Si (Imperial Academy of Arts, Sankt Petersburg, Russia) curating her contemporary art project. Artworks of kAtheFee can be found in private collections in Russia, Germany and Austria as well as can be purchased on the world renowned art and auction platform ARTSY.

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
kAtheFee –
Previously art for me was something ephemeral, something airy, inspiring and lighthearted like a fairy. Probably that why the second part of my artist name is “Fee”, German for “fairy”. But deeper I was diving into it, clearer I have realized one simple thing – the art is deep inside everyone of us, Art is everything around us — nature, people, happenings, surroundings – each tiniest cell of the world can inspire the real artist to create life. Art is you, Art is me, We are the Art.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
K –
I was born and grew up in Russia, travelled extensively all over the world and lived in Germany, Spain and Cuba. Past years I was living and working in ancient city of Vienna, Austria – all these factors as a matter of course influenced my art style a lot, I’d even dare to say exact these facts created me. I graduated with MBA in financial Management, have degree in Intercultural Communications, also learned Web Design but the art in any forms was always my passion, so I finally returned to it and continued my art experience working and learning from eminent international artists. Present circumstances and my recent lock-up served like a turning point – I’ve noticed that my art style has slightly changed and my realistic vision became a new sparkle – adhering to a realism I’m trying to create a new non-logical stream in my artworks. The story of my brand “kAtheFee” started in a medieval German castle in the middle of the Thuringian Forest in 2002.The brand unites the art of painting, sketches and photography, the sarcastic philosophy of the blog “Three “S” from kAtheFee” and it is also famous for its reports of jokey “Ananas TV” about trips and the art. The main stream of all projects is a philosophical search for a balance between ever- changing flow of the modern life and being at rest and the world contemplation from inside. Adhering to the realism I’m trying to express my life experience, happenings and impressions through the colorful prism of my personal opinion. The motto of whole brand is “Smile. Create. Live”.

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LC – What is your creative process like?
K –
I absolutely rely on my feelings und muse. But each time I start a new artwork with a slight panic: I see the snow-white canvas and I’m asking myself: “Am I able to express my feelings for everyone to understand them?” But then I let the Muse create for me and yes, sometimes it can be really tricky!

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
K –
I think being a real artist nowadays is the same as being a real artist centuries ago. You breath art or you pretend to.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
K –
I do not have a preferred subject – there are so many inspiring things around us – I do not want to concentrate just on one at present. My art is present feelings or memories touched me the most.

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?
K –
I do not like explaining people how to think in order to guess the message I’m trying to send. They are free to interpret my artworks according to their own feelings and reflections. But the main theme of this festival is “breaking the limits to find new opportunities” – it’s literally what I’ve prepared for it. My series “Tripping Crimea” is a triptych showing the burning topic of a mind limits and historical happenings on the peninsula Crimea. As soon as we stop setting limits in our minds, we will stop to set boundaries in the world.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
K –
I cannot know or see the whole message but what I can see is inspiring, modern and reflects my own vision. The theme of the festival is extremely timely. I adore your vision about liquid cities without any barriers. This world needs it.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
K –
Yes, I’m watching your activities for some time and I like the way you support artists by giving them different opportunities to prove themselves.

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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
K –
Absolutely! It was a good experience. Despite all the cliches we know about Italians, your team showed THE professional way of coping with any kind of problems or questions. I thank you for it and hope we will have a successful cooperation also in the future.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
K –
I think it’s a great opportunity for artists of any kind to present themselves worldwide. I’ll following your activity on Instagram and I’m amazed by diversity of your offerings, themes and services.

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