“Si l’art n’a pas de patrie, les artistes en ont une” – Camille Saint-Saëns.
Angelika Vaxevanidou is a Greek/German artist born in Germany and now living and working in Greece. I met her while I was spending my holidays in Greece. She is such a nice person, and, most of all, an amazing artist. Here is a short interview in which she discusses her vision of art.
Describe your work in three words.
Beautiful, honest, powerful.
I saw your conference on Tedx Talks, and you said that when you were eight years old, you were hit by a painting named La Madonna Della Sedia, by Raphael. Is it from that time you started making art ?
Not exactly. I think I’ve always been making art. Of course when I was a young girl I didn’t understand I was making art, but I have always used drawing and painting as a medium for understanding my existence. Looking back I can’t remember a time when I didn’t make art. I still have paintings from when I was about 3 years old.
Can we see them ?
What medium do you use ? What is your favourite one ? Why ?
I use mostly graphite and charcoal. I like them because they are the more basic mediums that we have. They are raw and real. They are the first mediums that we put in our hands.
Your art is figurative and really realistic. Is your first goal to represent the reality ?
The goal of my work is to use the human figure to express feelings, and to explore what is behind the figure, the stories that are hidden behind our appearance. I use the human figure to discover, study and present what lies behind out appearance. (emotions, fantasies, emotional strength or weaknesses, fears…).
I noticed you do a lot of portraits, what do you like about them ?
A simple answer. I love humans, I think we are beautiful.
Where do you take your inspirations ?
In general my inspiration comes from Life and my experiences. But I am also influenced by my studies of theoretical psychoanalysts. I love the work of Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristen, Slavoj Zizek.
What is your definition of art ?
« Art needs to represent something the way you would never expect to see it ».
If you want to see her work, you can visit her website http://angelikavaxevanidou.com.