Goya, Picasso – but where are the women?
So the fine arts and film function in completely different ways?
Completely, they involve different people who speak a different language. And they also speak about different things. There are different rules, which I had to learn before I could begin. It’s much easier to get a foothold in the area of animated film. Unlike many, who later study painting, I didn’t get any artistic education at home. And, at school, our art lessons ended with Andy Warhol, before which we also had Goya, Monet and Picasso. There were no women, in any case, so it wasn’t so easy for me to find my place in that world.
What’s the story behind your installation Staub, which we can see in the tresor of the Bank Austria Kunstforum?
The starting point is pastel drawings on paper, which I create by using sponges to apply the colour. Several layers are required before these areas of colour are full-bodied. For each colour sequence in the film I created 15 pastel drawings, which I then digitally photographed and animated in order to generate a vibration.
Your pictures are hanging on the walls while the film flickers on the screen. How do you differentiate these media?
I can examine a picture with great precision, fix specific points and see which lines or surfaces I can identify. I can’t do this with film, because the image is constantly changing. I have to engage with the work as a whole. Film is light, which is a completely different material.