KERSTIN KAGER | Austria
"Painting is telling my story."
An artwork is like a story told. I choose a theme, a motive, a symbol which matters to me. Painting is searching for answers. Painting leads me through this process. Painting is telling my own story through my works. When I've found an answer to my question, the artwork is finished for me. My work consist in paintings, drawings and mixed media artworks. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I often create wide views to make the world more open.
My paintings are saturated with obviousness and clichés, sometimes bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of my works. By questioning the concept of movement, I make works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of Austrian way of life.
My works try to isolate the movements of humans. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. I want the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. Art is entertainment: to be able to touch the work, as well as to interact with the work is important.By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the spectator, my creations long to touch in a specific way. In the best case, the spectator finds a part of his story in my work. So the interaction as a communication in between can be found. I often consider movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man.