Who is Karin Fisslthaler?
The artist tells us a bit about her work.
The focus of my work lies in the field of the representation of the human body and non-verbal communication and how body images and (self-) perception is constructed through the media.
Body languages like touching, glances, movements and gestures receive special attention.
I would summarize that my work is about human conditions, identity and relationships on the one hand and specific peculiarities of media on the other.
I express highly personal feelings by means of collective images.
Found material is the primary source, which I collect, deconstruct, cut, layer and rearrange.
The artist tells us a little about herself.
In my current series “The space between us” and “I miss you”, I reflect on the COVID-19 situation and its effects on human encounters.
Physical closeness becomes fiction, which seems to remain in past images of the media like artefacts of our memories.
I have used two different types of occurring images: individuals that reach out for or touch something/ somebody, and images where two individuals are facing each other.
By excluding them I move the space between them in the centre.
The remaining shapes seem quite abstract and as I group them - for me - they look like outlines of various national borders.
The distance, the in-between spaces, - something which doesn't have a form of itself, becomes form.
I always try to leave certain gaps, so that my viewers can still find their own spaces of interpretation.
when/how did you find out you are an artist?´
I realized that I want to become an artist when I bought my first record of “The Velvet Underground” and got in touch with Pop-Art, Andy Warhol, the story of the factory and all the queer outsiders there.
Even though I know now, that the superficial impression I had of all of this was highly idealized, but I sensed that this is the world I want to live in.
I always wanted to be what I do and do what I wanted the most.
what is your relationship to Instagram?
I use it but don't have a specific relation to it.
Its just another tool among many to represent oneself. It's a weird world.
how important has digitalization become for you in connection with your art practice?
As I am a very physical person and love to work with “hands on” actual material, I am aware of the retroactive effects. Whatever we touch has an influence on our body and on our mind. Digitalization is a limitation and a standardization.
Video: Karin Fisslthaler | Cherry Sunkist | 2020: The Making of Nico
It has some disadvantages e.g. we still have not figured out proper long term archiving of digital data.
I am not against it, but it can never be a replacement for the physical. Just think about human communication!
Letters and postcards are so beautiful! We all need physical encounters!
Do you find that the pandemic has left a mark on your work?
Apart from the fact, that it was not possible to perform live as a musician or show my art work in a real space or in cinema, I was reflecting a lot on its impact that hit us personally, politically, environmentally and socially.
I think with the pandemic we all realized how vulnerable and unstable everything actually is.
Nothing is for granted. The pandemic has pointed the finger on the open wounds of our society.
Art has always tried to do that! In the sense of human communication, encounters and the importance of the haptic it confirmed my previous work and inspired my current/future.
where, when, how do you work best?
Of course, I work best in my studio. I need a lot of time, space and calm in order to dive into my worlds.
As I work with music, collage or film/video I am always spread between my disciplines.
That's why I need a lot of order and focus to keep myself together and not fall apart.
But I start more and more to connect all my different fields now.
where, how do you usually get inspired?
Honestly, I get inspired by my emotions and their causes that drive me very intensely.
Its really all about my relation to everything around me and how to deal with it.
Art is a good way to bring that into form, communicate and distance myself from it.
But I am also inspired by pop-culture, music, materials, fashion, feminist idols, my friends, conversations, personal experiences, politics.
Everything is a mirror,- dark, unexpected, uncanny or beautiful.
What does success mean to you?
Success means reaching a temporary state of enthusiasm and satisfaction.
Success is when I manage to touch people with my work of art and with my music.
Sometimes success can be recognition, attention or money as well.
What are you working on currently?
I am working on my upcoming Cherry Sunkist music release, which now slowly goes to the studio for the final mix downs.
Apart from that I am singer of Gerhard Potuzniks project “The Happy Sun” and we are doing some new stuff right now.
I am working on my long-term-work-in-progress audio/video live-performance “*WOMEN”.
It's a tribute to my female idols, where I dedicate an experimental video plus a music track to each of them. “*WOMEN” will be performed live at Echoraum Vienna on the 25th of may.
Karin shares 2 Quotes with us:
“ Everything is a mirror, - dark, unexpected, uncanny or beautiful.”
“We all need physical encounters!”