Interview: Monika Thoms
Luca Curci talks with Monika Thoms, one of the winners of ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER 2020.
Understanding my artist work as a social plastic contribution of innovative and integrating forms I integrate life onto art and art into life. This is the reason of a big variety of means in my work reaching from ready made to glass design, video, performance, drawings, painting to sound sculptures… Music always has been an important part of my work: singing in choirs all my life and practicing several instruments, mainly flutes, shakuhachi, accordeon, and always keen on learning more… Creating sound sculptures in real and digital form placing them into spaces. As you can see my glass work is on very high standard. Luckily I could collaborate with the best glass workers of CR in the end of the last century. I got direct insight c´by working with them for about 6 years. Glass is still my dream material to explore!
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Monika Thoms – I am simply naturally inspired by being consiously alive in my body, my feelings and my mind!All my life I rescued my living being in the identity of me as an artist. There has never been another choice for me. I tend to say, my inner artist is the last part of me to die. So I keep working out what seems to me an important contribution to the situation I am witnessing. How to bring more conciousness to a certain situation by choosing art in a specific way and in a way, that makes a difference to people and their way of looking or treating things so far.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MT – Still almost always I am not knowing what is going to happen. I keep this attitude of not knowing and watching as best as I can. Gentleness is always there for widening my view to the far horizon. I keep watching out for the biggest surprizes to roll in front of my feet. I fell I a a mysric type of beingwaiting for the gifts of the universe you cannot think of, to arrive in time! Glass hot shops taught me this. Being in an artistic team full of heat, speed, concentration and miracles of sychronisity. As Jung defines it as an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle;” and as a “meaningful coincidence. Art emerges out of this experience. My natural creativity is extremly fluent. You can ask me anything, I would explode having so many differnt ideas and approaches. Mainly this is overwhelming to cope with – even for myself. In these days of lockdown number two I feel damaged in my way I usually mix with people in a very spontanous and touching way. Especially the first cranio for newborns – my favourite material after all explorations I could make as an artist with my sensitive hands.- seems to be lost in all dictated fomulars of keeping distance. This keeps me like under a cover like a firy vulkany activity while finding myelf in the role of the tearwiping wise woman. Bodywork is needed most these days and songs as affirmations to go on! So this is also a art of my artwork you can find or read of on my growing website.
LC – What is your creative Process like?
MT – I am a watcher. I am a visionary artist. If it seems adaquate I go for action. While I could work all day and all night inspired by what is in the focus of my heart, becoming older, I seem to be more aware of the fact, that a good rest is important before I start a biggger piece of art. For example my altarpiece „Prayer of the mother for her son“ in 2011. For having a good start I often choose a longer period of solitude, filled with prayers and silence as preparation or night time to feel uninterruppted for at least 5 hours or more in one working session or for three months witout break.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MT – I think nature and beauty and joy interests and inspires me most. This may express in the preparation of a simple vegan meal, inventing a new taste, making a drawing of a face, a flower or thinking of presenting a melody or a feeling of a landscape made plain air in a natural surrounding on canvas with oil paint. So it is not any specific theme or subject, more the way I am alive, that makes me working spontanous on an expression of what is there to be shared. To be a common human being among others with all my skills ready to serve is my ideal picture of an artist nowadays as ever. To do what is needed every day.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MT – Being an artist means to be extremely flexible and alert. And precise and concentrated, accurate and yentle, open and full of courage to touch the heart of life. I try to stay innocent and my attitude is being intuitive, curious and compassionate at the same time. I always like to be invited to work in empty spaces to be filled with international artists ́activity.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MT – Being just on my own in my atelier, for example painting a portrait – it needs concentration and mainly I am fishing for this calm mood and undisturbed situation to start… I nourish my eyes by walking in nature, and dreaming of my inner state of calm, connected abiding as if the piece of art is complete in my inner dream, I speedily manifest it in a rush and full of energy in a very short time. I consider my work ok, if tears come in recognition and joy. Venice is such an amazing spot for artists. I could stay there for the rest of my art life! Glass culture to be rescued into the future times, seaside with rising waterlevel asking for sustainable ways of lifestyle, old architecture to explore for international mixed artisic interactions….I am lucky to have set my foot there shortly before the pandemic period started. It feels like my first italian life performance on the 13th of february 2020 was an intuitive existencial outcry as a warning to watch out what we have to face alltogether. People thanked me and said it was heartshaking touching and profound. I would be so happy to go on mixing into the prpgramms of its liquid as it will be possible – we all cross our fingers!