The Naked Eye Gallery are pleased to have Barbara Karsch-Chaieb back for the Plain Vanilla exhibition. Barbara offers us unique fragments and details of urban life in her wonderful collection of work. In this interview, we get to know her a little better...
1. What is the role of the photographer in society?
An artist can open a new view of things that seem uninteresting at first sight.
2. How has your photography evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
I have been taking a lot of pictures for many years which have evolved with my other art work. I use photography on my travels to keep memories and situations and keep them in my own archive. I always take photos of details, fragments and strange things which I discover in the urban space, be it in old factories, empty buildings, of people and situations. I have also integrated photos from archives of history and from archives of museums. I also have developed my photography through new subjects, topics and people I meet in my every day life.
3. What's your favourite piece of work you've done and why?
That's not so easy to answer! In the exhibition Vanilla Plain my favourite piece is the photo No. 5, it is like a painting. I like the colours grey and orange-red very much in it. This photo is really well connected to the canvas next to it with pigment of Italiy (raw siena).
4. What are your tips for aspiring artists/photographers?
Look for themes or motives you are interested in. Open your eyes!
5. What does art/photography mean to you and where do you find your inspiration?
Art is an important part of our culture. We need art. Not only in museums and galleries, but also in off spaces and places we don't expect it. Art education is also an important basis for our society. For me, art means being creative and doing things I decide on. I feel free when I do art and photography. Photography is one part of my work, I also work with other medias such as soil and stone pigments, creating installations which include drawings, objects, video films. Performance is a new field in my art work.
I like to travel. Travelling opens my mind by encountering other cultures, having new experiences and meeting other artists and people and seeing other ways of life. Inspired from these influences, I can develop new ideas and create new art work.
6. In your opinion, what makes a memorable piece of art/photography?
The secret, the hidden moment in an piece of art. The second glance. The unexpected.
A subtle perception.
7. What artists/photographers have inspired you?
Helmut Federle (an austrian painter), Antoni Tàpies (a spanish painter and sculptor), Jeff Wall (photographer), the Arte Povera and others…
8. How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
I just know it!
9. What do you hope the viewers will take away from your artwork?
I hope, the viewers discover the beauty in the concealed, that they are interested in the story behind the photos and the canvas pieces. And that they see the beautiful colours!
Barbara's photographic work can be purchased via our website: www.nakedeyegallery.com/barbara-karsch/