Do you remember when you decided to change your life and study art? What (or who) did support you in the decision? What was the most challenging for you?
There was no change because all my education dealt with art. I gained my experiences through trial and error. It be, If I had known that there is a big difference between a man studying to become an art teacher in the early 1980s and a woman and mother in the early 2000s, I might not have studied to become a teacher and could not have so many exciting experiences with learners.
The biggest challenge is to find recognition in the art market as a wife, mother and teacher. I, therefore, experience triple/ intersectional discrimination characteristics. That's why I'm so grateful to you for telling my story here. I would like to say that is of enormous support to me.
How can you describe your artistic method?
I love education and I love to learn, I really like to teach my subjects. I'm interested in so many things, philosophy, social sciences, history, and humans...all of this inspires me to create a new language of form. I am a painter, I simply start intuitively. I often only have a vague idea which gradually becomes concrete in the process of painting. I use the old masters. The history of art is full of symbolism that only the educated and initiated could decipher. Since that is my subject, I use classics from art history and reinterpret them and also invent my symbols, as in "Room With A View" to irritate and unsettle the viewer. The elephant's trunk in "Waiting" is also a strong symbol. In Hinduism, it stands for wisdom and new beginnings, but there is also a saying that there is an elephant in the room which means that a problem cannot be overlooked, but it is not addressed. Both in a school context. My pictures are often ambiguous and I don't have to convey a message. In the end, it has to be right for me. What the viewer sees is not within my power. But Im very interested in the views.
What medium do you like more and why?
My art inspires me to create teaching projects and vice versa. I have been painting and teaching continuously for the past 25 years. If I had a phase in which I painted less, I felt increasingly worse. Well, without painting it's not possible because here I make the criteria that I can follow or not. I decide for myself when I do what and how and can throw it all away again without justification.
There is always a different perspective when teaching. Working with people is incredibly rewarding. Here, too, something new is constantly being created. There must be space for everyone to contribute. As with dancing, one goes to the middle and performed free and cheers on those standing around and lets themselves be inspired. Teaching to bring out the hidden treasures in the participants is also an art form that I would like to further refine. But if I had to choose one thing, I would choose painting. I have gathered enough inspiration to continue working on the topic of education.
Where do you see yourself in a few years? What are your ambitions as an artist?
I hope that the connection between art and social development will become closer. This increases participation in both cultural and socio-political matters. That's what I wish for myself as an artist. More opportunities to stimulate discussion through (my) art (projects).
I also hope to spend more time on art and less on teaching in the classical sense. I hope to stimulate artistic educational processes.
I intend to establish a nude course in my art association and possibly produce new art books. and of course to bring many exciting projects to life, like this 2chairs-art project. I hope that my art will stimulate many people to think about our society and thus start a conversation. This will certainly result in new painting occasions. I find myself in an ongoing process of understanding, which is reflected in my pictures. I hope to have condensed my artistic point of view on this in a few years.
Hope that all your dreams will come true, good luck Sarah! Thank you for coming!