Συνέντευξη στο πλαίσιο της Εικαστικής Έκθεσης “The Kiss”
What does your work aim to say?
It differs – a lot of my themes affect women and their role in our society. That´s why I create only women-portraits, to make women visible. Women have to deal with a lot of injustice, with violence, with suppression.. they are pushed at the edge of society.
Also in art, women artists are not supported in the same way their men colleagues are. They are not taken seriously. Women are treated as second class artists.
But I´m also interrested in old myth and in fairy tales and I often work in series -for instance «Ms. Cool», «Greetings from Barbieworld»,..
How do you choose a theme?
Sometimes it is a situation related. In the beginning of the covid epidemic I dealt with this theme in some of my paintings. When something is very preoccupying or stressing me, I try to express it with painting. Sometimes a topic «finds» me without any searching from my side.
Because I’m working on a lot of series («Fairy Tales», «Music´s on my mind», «Connected», etc.) I can always add paintings to them.
How do you know when a work is finished?
It’s just a feeling. Mostly this feeling is there, but sometimes I change my paintings and repaint these over the years, again and again.
Who are your biggest influence?
Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Gottfried Helnwein, Maria Lassnig, Franz Ringel, Valie Export, Emil Nolde, Edvard Munsch.
How do you seek out opportunities to promote your art?
In Vienna I knew some gallerists where I was welcomed with joy and I had quite a lot of solo-exhibitions. Now it is not that easy any more – times are changing and a lot of galleries had to close. But I’m invited by artist friends to participate in exhibitions or art festivals all over the world. For promoting my art it is important for me to be connected with other artists!
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists may have a lot of different roles – that can be the role of drawing attention to socially relevant issues, to provoke in order to arouse attention for critical topics – but also the role of delighting people with beaurtiful works, by making people happy.
What work do you most enjoying doing?
Mostly I paint on canvas, but it is fun to try out different materials like plexiglass or wood.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
In such a case I work on abstract paintings which I can use as a background for later works. Or I’m working on installations or a book project, I never run out of ideas!
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I worked as a teacher and as an historian as well, but now I’m retired.
What do you dislike about the art world?
That the art market has too much influence! The value of a painting is not important any more, neither how many solo or international exhibitions an artist has attended, what matters is only (in Europe and America) how many participations in art fairs an artist can show.
I’m lucky being surrounded by wonderful artist friends – we support each other in a world full of competition!
Did the pandemic crisis effect your work and your creativity? Did you find alternative ways to express yourself?
Not realy, although I painted a lot, especially in the times of the lockdowns. The only difference was, that I took part in more online-exhibitions as usually. I also worked on a book project together with a friend – she writes crime stories and I illustrate them.
Would you support the marriage and adoption of children from same-sex couples?
Yes, of course – everybody should be able to live the way it suits them.
Σύντομο βιογραφικό σημείωμα: Η Christine Cezanne-Thauss gεννήθηκε στην Βιέννη της Αυστρίας όπου ακόμα ζει και εργάζεται. Έχει λάβει μέρος σε πάνω από 100 εκθέσεις παγκοσμίως και έχει προσκληθεί σε πολλά εικαστικά φεστιβάλ και διεθνείς εκθέσεις όπως στη Νότια Κορέα, την Ινδία, το Περού και αλλού. Ως ζωγράφος, η αγαπημένη της θεματολογία είναι ο Άνθρωπος, κυρίως η γυναίκα και ο ρόλος της στην κοινωνία. Σε πολλά έργα, διαφαίνεται το ενδιαφέρον της δημιουργού για τους μύθους και τα παραμύθια. Τα τελευταία χρόνια η καλλιτέχνης έχει δημιουργήσει πολλά εκφραστικά πορτρέτα. Είναι ιδρυτικό μέλος και Πρόεδρος της Vienna Travelgallery / The Walking Art Group και ιδρυτικό μέλος της καλλιτεχνικής συντεχνίας "erste wiener frauenwunder" Είναι μέλος των: IG-Bildende Kunst και International Association of Art to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. Είναι πρεσβευτής του “The Art Pivot”, ένα κέντρο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης και Ιδεών στην Ινδία, εκπροσωπώντας την Αυστρία. Τα έργα της μπορείτε να τα δείτε εδώ. CV of the artist: Christine Cézanne-Thauss was born in Vienna, Austria, where she is still living and working. She took part in more than 100 exhibitions worldwide and was invited to a lot of art festivals and art fairs like in South Korea, India, Peru and many other countries. As a painter her favourite theme is the human being, especially women and their role in our society. In a lot of works the interest of the artist in fairy tales and old myths is shown. In the last years Christine Cézanne-Thauss painted a lot of expressive portraits. Christine Cézanne-Thauss is a founder member and chairwoman of Vienna Travelgallery / The Walking Art Group and a founder member of the "erste wiener frauenwunder", an artist cooperation. She is a member of IG-Bildende Kunst, International Association of Art to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The artist is an ambassador of “The Art Pivot”, a center of contemporary art and ideas situated in India, representing Austria. You can see her work here. Στοιχεία επικοινωνίας /Contact details: E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.augenfisch.at