INTERVIEW: MONIKA BLANKA KATTERWE | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: MONIKA BLANKA KATTERWE

Interviews | November 18, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

Interview: Monika Blanka Katterwe
Luca Curci
talks with Monika Blanka Katterwe during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

As an artistic-scientific photographer, I like it to explore some parts of nature and visualized my knowledge at photo paintings. The light with its essence and special properties enable me to expand the term of photography with including new painterly and scientific spheres. The basis for this is an intensive study of the light, color, spatial structure and their philosophical levels.

monika
Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Monika Blanka Katterwe –
Art is an important, ambitious form of communication in the context of reflecting current collective and individual knowledge and experience based on cultural traditions and using new technical possibilities. In addition, however, it is important to me, to question traditional forms in the global age and to find an internationally understandable design that interacts benevolently with other cultures. The aim is to preserve, discover and convey new knowledge about nature and space and time, whereby the artistic process, in particular the meaningful play with chance, on the basis of diverse abilities and skills, is in the foreground. For me, the results of this differ in their complexity and depth from a purely formal image that is produced rapidly and en masse today. If an artistic work meets interest, understanding, acceptance and sympathy today, there may be a chance that it will also be of interest to future generations and thus become part of cultural history. I also had to learn, that commercial aspects imperative.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MBK –
Ever since I was a child, I have had this enthusiasm for art in connection with science. My work has been greatly determined by the insights I received from a number of communities of interests in arts, geology, astronomy and mathematics and from the practical experiences which I gained from these. In my teaching activities, I took great pleasure in imparting various artistic and scientific basics to my students and accompanying them on the path of finding their own artistic ideas. In interaction with the students, we found together diverse inspirations for the development of traditional expressions. Some of these students are still following my activities in my new job as an artistic-scientific photographer. It was mostly them who gave me the hope of being able to convey complex thoughts and extensive knowledge via art. In 2019 I started a virtual world tour on Facebook. I saw a lot of interesting things and made many fantastic new friends. They help me to see the world through their eyes. The newly acquired international communication gives me strength and hope for global mutual acceptance between humans and for successful cultural global interaction.

monika
Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MBK –
I find my inspiration in my research and scientific studies and in my experiments with light as well in the discussion with other artists and my scientific partners.

LC – How is being in artist nowadays?
MBK –
Being an artist nowadays is a great experience for me. I like to develop my global communication skills in the communicative exchange with other international artists. I am very grateful for the possibility to do this. However, my business skills still need to be improved.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MBK –
My style is constantly and increasingly oriented towards international visual languages from different cultures; it is an artistic-scientific visualization using special types of light and optical grids. The break with conventional rules of photography in favour of a more painterly approach is apparent, as is the conscious work with error which has evolved over time. It is through this that, I try to arouse the attention and curiosity of the viewer. In the age of striving for perfection, I offer a game with slight imperfection. In addition, my work experiences a transcendent special effect. Firmly and clearly structured from a distance, this is lost on closer inspection, you can find this in all of my works. This opens up spaces for the individual discovery of reality also, because my works are created without the use of any image processing programmes. The style change is essentially manifest in the change of basic colors and the change towards a black and white version.

monika
Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

LC – What did you think about the concept of this festival? In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MBK –
London Contemporary will analyze the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary time. “Mega Nucleus” is a work of my series on the topic of the dematerialization of the material and its inversions. It is a special inclusion of the concept of the festival; that sets out to analyze the relationship between body and space. My exploration of the periodic table during the last month led me to the realization, that the assumption of the existence of a twelve-shell atomic model is entirely justified. The hybridization of atoms to molecules brings new possibilities for material optimization. My concern is to explore the natural form of hybridization in order to understand giant magnetars, black holes or our concept of antimatter in all its complexity. A partial double polarity as well its configuration in four directions can be seen in the photo. Therefore the conventional shell model needs to be questioned. Kevin Fernandez’s artistic work at the Future Landscapes festival has given me interesting suggestions for the higher order of the needed waves. In my mind this is an instance of linking completely independent approaches to the visualization of higher orders in contemporary time, which in combination could open up new ways to a setting for global social and technical interaction. Therefore, for me, the concept of the festival is an extraordinarily successful prelude to the realization of this analysis with artistic means. Thank you for me being a part of this.

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Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MBK –
Definitely. In my experience so far, ITSLIQUID GROUP offers artists a wide range of possibilities. So far, it has given me the opportunity to participate in several international exhibitions with interesting concepts and a broad impact.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperation with us?
MBK –
Yes, because the team works competently and supports me optimally during the entire exhibition process.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MBK –
It works in a sincere way and I can trust in this organization.

monika
Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe
monika
Image courtesy of Monika Blanka Katterwe

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