Interviews | August 9, 2022 |

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Interview: Utaellamarie Peter 
Luca Curci talks with Utaellamarie Peter during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

“Around 2010, a paintbrush crossed my path. Since then it has accompanied me and painting has become a central element in my life. My works are mostly figurative or semi-abstract, often in acrylic or oil. I deal with current political and social issues. Above all, however, I am interested in our fellow animal creatures in their infinite diversity, which we have always underestimated and distanced ourselves from. By “humanising” them, which I do in many of my works, I want to create closeness and, in the best case, hold up a mirror to show us our own bizarreness and outlandishness. Because what moves me most is the destructive and ruthless force with which we claim this planet for ourselves, destroying all other living beings and ultimately ourselves. But despite all the seriousness, humour plays a very big role in my life and in my art. So I am very happy when I succeed in making myself and others laugh, even if the laughter sometimes gets stuck In my throat. After self-taught beginnings, I have been studying at the European Academy of Art in Trier for a few years and also attending a long-term course in painting and art history in Mainz. Among other things, various historical painting techniques are taught there, which I like to use in my painting. In the meantime, I work as a freelance artist and regularly exhibit my paintings in galleries, at art fairs or in associations”.

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Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Utaellamarie Peter I generally work on very different topics and content. A lot of things reach me in everyday media life – as a person who is very interested in socio-politics, I am well-informed about current events. Events that seem to be escalating at the moment. Therefore, topics such as man-made climate change, war and the insane human presumption as the cause of it all – all topics that I have always dealt with increasingly find their way into my work. And of course, our animal fellow creatures are never neglected their anthropomorphic representation is a way of approach that is very close to my heart. Stylistically, I am currently engaged in magical realism, which is very congenial to my rather figurative painting style and whose cold urgency creates distance and proximity at the same time in a fascinating way.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint?
UP –
I actually only ever think about this painting when I’m painting – am I getting close to the goal I’ve set for myself? Do the form, color and composition fit the content? What do I need to change?

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LC – Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
UP –
No, not really. Of course I have a methodical approach, but it is not a ritual. However, I have gotten into the habit of frequently stepping back from the picture while painting in order to assess the picture and its effect from a few meters away. Sometimes I almost have to force myself to do this, but sometimes it also gives me the opportunity in a rather stagnant painting process to come to rest and new ideas.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
UP –
I don’t believe that an artist has to play a role in society. In the best case, however, he does it simply by the fact that he deals in his works with himself and his environment, expresses his thoughts and feelings and that the result of his work brings the world to think and feel. What is contemporary art? Isn’t it simply art that is produced in the present, that is not determined by style but by time? I.e. each present artist, produces contemporary art, which is determined by the perception and the consciousness of the respective artist. And as already said above: In the best case, the artist manages to bring his perception close to other people.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
UP –
Depending: sometimes it’s difficult to develop an idea – there’s something smouldering in the back of my mind that doesn’t quite want to come out a tedious time. But often it’s a question of how best to convey an idea, a content.

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
UP –
When I paint abstract or semi-abstract, it’s an instinctive process. I simply start with a color surface and let myself be guided by brush, scraper and colour. Figurative works I prepare: an idea comes from something I have seen, heard, or felt and I try to implement that.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
UP –
The picture I present shows a mother in deep connection with her children, the little dog and herself sitting in the sun and enjoying this peaceful moment. Does not this represent the soul of the world?

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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
UP –
Yes, the cooperation was uncomplicated, I was very well supported and always had direct contact persons who answered my questions quickly.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
UP –
As far as I can tell after this first experience, ITSLIQUID is a very active and dynamic platform for artists. I would gladly participate again on other occasions.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
– Everything was fine.

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