Karin Monschauer | Switzerland
It all started thanks to the embroidery technique that allowed me, over the years, to develop a personal visual and practical connection between colors and shapes.
Digital art is undoubtedly the medium that allows me to reach an expressive thought rich in geometric figures, always placed in harmony with different chromatic shades.
From the contemporary I combine, with the computer technology, structures dear to the geometry and colors with always pulsating nuances. In this way, the universes that I am going to determine, constantly stimulate me at the artistic level and arise from the study of past civilizations together with their architectures,
the tradition of the ancient carpet, the history of the Mayas, the Aztecs and the Incas, the Indo-European cultures like the Byzantine empire up to the African peoples. In summary, I combine all that has existed in millennia of human history with contemporary taste.
My artistic research, which is completed with a predilection for the Dutch engraver / graphic designer Maurits Cornelis Escher and mathematics, aims to communicate positive feelings such as serenity, happiness and tranquility.
As a demonstration of what I write, my personal compositional verve is experiencing a very fruitful creative moment, allowing me a constant, almost inexhaustible, creation of colors and geometric figures.
My Art simply wants to be a cultivated and enjoyable fun, aiming only at the soul of the people who are in front of my works.
My abstraction and dynamism live in continuous processing for weaving compositions that are constantly in motion.
Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Since my early years of high school, my passion for mathematics and figurative compositions has led me to develop my art with the technique of embroidery.
At first, I embroidered my jumpers with designs of my own creation.
Then, at the end of my schooling, I started producing geometric figures and experimented with the half cross-stitch technique, playing with vibrant colour tones.
But only in 2015 I decided that I wanted to be an artist, and I began creating paintings with art and design computer programs.
CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?
I have an idea and make a sketch. Then I choose the colors that I would like to have in this work and start to put one color next to the other. The image then evolves slowly, I always try out new things, the result is a picture usually different than what I imagined at the beginning.
CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?
I like to play with numbers, and my works always have a logical sequence of geometrical forms and colors, from which beautiful patterns emerge.
CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?
The artist must try today to maintain its own beliefs without being influenced too much by the contents that our society continually proposes and highlights. Considering the artistic research has explored almost everything, the obvious inspiration on what has already been done in the past must be done without being assimilated too much, thus maintaining a personal own style and artistic methodology.
CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.
Maurits Cornelis Escher and Friedensreich Hundertwasser have always been my favorites. In addition, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Piet Mondrian and Sonia Delauny have recently joined me
CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?
For sure to create and at the same time to believe in myself.
CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist?
Already as a Teenager.
CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own?
Go their own way and not be influenced by what people might tell them.