Art as a Uniquely Personal Experience with The Art Gorgeous
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Curatorial Practice:
I am a sculptor, a scenographer, a strategist, a consultant, a friend, a gardener, a lover and a dog owner. I am a traveler, a hiker, a forest bather, I am a reader, a writer and a daughter. I am a sister, a neighbor and a handyman, I am an avid driver, a feminist and sometimes very scared. Oftentimes rather brave. And occasionally hedonistic. I am a Berliner, a Bavarian, and to a tiny degree a New Yorker, I am a resident of a small town in the middle of nowhere in Brandenburg and able to navigate any airport on this planet.
All of this and so much more goes into my appreciation of art. My training and my procrastination, my information and my disregard for it. Curation actually means to care for something. Curare is latin for “ to care". And I care. Deeply. For my fellow humans and animals, about expression, about the joy and the pain of others and how this expression comes forward in a single piece, a whole series or a vast oeuvre.
What are your parameters for artist selection in your career?
As I said I am not a curator per definition. First and foremost I am an artist, I am also a strategist, and a consultant within the vast field of art. But when I dabble in the intricate art of curation I try to bring all the pieces together in a larger story, create maybe a walk-in-artwork that is made up of individual artworks. Two pieces next to each other can much like humans either bring out the best in each individual work, or ruin both. To me that is the most interesting parameter.
What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?
To me there is no artform or artwork that is specifically relevant to a whole time or generation.
In terms of what will survive in museums and collections of the future as an example of art of the early 2000’ years we will not be there to see it, and it very often is not the most popular work of the present ( if we look at how these things worked out for past decades.)
Art to me is an incredibly personal experience, In my own practice I often try to evoke feelings and emotions through my work and those are so very individual. The same work can spark joy in one person and devastate the next.
We live in a time where we amass a gigantic amount of art, if we consider every photo taken art, and every selfie while we are at it.
So my guess would be that the sheer mass will be seen as a sign of our times. The epoch in history where all of a sudden Joseph Beuys dream that everyone is an artist came true. Let’s see what we as a global society do with it.
Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?
Some works will come from artists' friends and house members and some from works I picked through the site. I am normally drawn to conceptual works but here I followed my intuition on the works from Showfields and just picked what spoke to me.
What is your advice for art lovers and appreciators looking to start their own art collections?
Buy what you love. That actually extends far beyond art, but especially applies to art. Don’t think: "what would be a sound investment?" ( unless you really have so much money flying around that the work will end up in storage anyways), buy what moves you. Art is a luxury and therefore it should also make you feel something. I am not saying it should be purely decorative or ästhetically pleasing, if something moves you to tears, it could also be the right piece for you and you hang it somewhere private where that emotion has some space. And in my experience think of it less as something you “start”…it will come to you. If you appreciate and enjoy art, whichever form, there will come the day when you see, smell, touch, hear a piece and think: I love this