Interview: Sabine Inselmann
Luca Curci talks with Sabine Inselmann during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
“For more than 20 years, I have worked on a range of themes from the concrete to the abstract, whereby I like to integrate a large variety of materials. In the search to find connection between painting and collage, my subject SKY-LINES was born. During the creative process I try to achieve a balance between reality and abstraction but I am always cautious to leave enough space for the viewer to make their own interpretations. Without pushing it too explicitly into the foreground, I would also like to draw attention to the current environmental problems through my work, above all the pollution of the oceans. Some of the influential chapters in my life would include my formative years in northwest Africa where I was born, my growing up in Germany, the various visits abroad and the year I spent sailing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. I found my way into art at a private academy of art in Hamburg where I studied for several years. Today I live on the outskirts of Hamburg and in Fuerteventura. The theme SKY-LINES was a fluent progression from the cycle USED where I created art using fragments. My aim is to achieve a wide variance of multi faceted SKY-LINES. In the process, I use objects such as paint remnants, rusty fragments, fabric and recycling materials in order to accomplish the uniquely haptic results that have become synonymous with my work”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Sabine Inselmann – In-depth and profound knowledge based on intensive art education in all disciplines is in my opinion the base for an artist. This suitcase full of experiences enables us (artists) to discover the world of art and to find a way in advance to express our thoughts, ideas and feelings and create soul touching art-works. Art has not to be explained, in best case it tells its own story. I am convinced that it usually takes years or decades or even a life-time to develop an own distinctive style. Reaching that goal means greatest fulfillment in ones own art-finding process and as a result it causes success and confirmation.
LC – What is your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SI – Born in Africa where I spent my childhood I was always curious on the world and its wonders that we meet everywhere if we learn to focus and recognize and if we travel and broaden our personal horizons. I reached the level of detection which showed me to constantly dive into the theme when I was a young woman. My grandmother was a hobby artist, my father used his talent as surgeon in operating little children. Against his advice I chose my way into the world of arts and studied at a private academy of arts in Hamburg. As a young girl I worked and lived for one year on a sailing boat in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. I crossed the Atlantic twice and was impressed by all the exotic things I experienced. I am sure that the initial idea of my theme comes from this time, especially the breathtaking views of the sea and the magic moments of the different skies, which influence my work until today.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SI – After practicing more than 25 years I am more than happy about the chance I gave myself to develop my own art. That was a long way… I was always seeking for a suitable and perfect combination of painting and collage. As I believe that art comes from “know-how”, I made “my homework” in creating artworks which where very naturalistic, but my heart was always longing for material and mixed media works. So the series USED was born. As a result I created my project SKY-LINES – artworks including recycling materials. I feel very at home now in each new creation, as my aim is the perfect mixed media work which observed from distance seems to be a painting with haptic effects and suddenly realized as a work with many many different skies and horizons of all kind of materials from a closer look. So my personal challenge is the perfection of each art-work which reveals the enclosed materials at second sight. The aim is the ideal combination of painting and material which merge to a harmonic and haptic landscape.
LC – What is your creative process like?
SI – In the beginning there is always THE IDEA… that means either a plan how to realize an imagined or definite atmosphere or mood. Therefore I use my own photographies, digital pictures or create spontaneous landscapes out of my heart. My fantasy seems to be limitless and I love to try out and experiment but there is always a similar process.. after the decision of size and media I first create a base with acrylic or other colors and decide where to position the horizon. In the next step I choose the materials which fit to my imagination for the new creation. I use nearly every material which can be fixed on canvas. My favorites are recycling materials such as findings from the beach, but also rust, wood, newspaper, fragments of dried colors, all kind of fabrics, shredded money, dried organic pieces and others. Each new artwork really is a very exiting process, as I never copy my own works. I prefer light colors although sometimes there is the need for darker expressions too, depending on my mood or specifications for contract works.
LC – Are your works focused on a specific theme?
SI – On Fuerteventura, my second home. I collect recycling materials from the beach to either use them for works which I produce on the island or to take them with me to Germany to add them in my creations. I suppose to be the only passenger on an airplane carrying ‘rubbish’ from one place to another. Therefore my focus is based on reusing (recycling) materials without giving them too much importance to create a variety of SKY-LINES, which means “Himmelslinien” in German – the lines between SKY and ground (sea, shore, landscape). That is my specific theme and I am proud to claim that it is unique in the world of art.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production. Has the artwork presented been created for the festival o ras a part of preexisting works?
SI – To be honest, this is one of my re-constructed works that means I used an old existing artwork to modify it with different layers of material and create a SKY-LINE. In this specific case my intention was to reuse and destroy my own artwork focussing on the process of morbidiy in adding rusty fragments to construct a new SKY-LINE. I am convinced that from all my works this one you chose for the FUTURE LANDSCAPES exhibition is the most fitting one. What a lovely coincidence!
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SI – Each vision of art is an effort to the world, so of course I do agree with you and your ideas. The theme of the festival is wisely chosen and comprehends and contains a wide range of possibilities of interpretation. The importance of focussing on the future of our vulnerable world concerning any aspect should be a preliminary topic for institutions related to art.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SI – I discovered your call for this interesting exhibition (which definitely fits to my theme) in the internet and had a positive recommendation from a friend who also exhibited at your place. I feel very well cared for concerning our communication and services.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SI – It is always a great chance for an artist “to be seen” in international events and I appreciate my invitation to this exhibition at your place, in the beautiful Venice! Thank you for that.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SI – Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello: the perfect place for the absolutely fitting SKY-LINE. All in all a great pleasure to cooperate with you. Considering the subtitle VENICE for my exhibited artwork at your place, I am very much looking forward to further cooperation.