Interview with Karen Mary

by Friday, December 13, 2013

The DevilHello Karen, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

Two new videos, one for the poet Yana Djin, whose work contains a rare honesty, and also a philosophical and political dimension. The second is another illustration of one of my poems. And when my camera is sleeping, I finish to write a book.


Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?

I conceive a work when something become unbearable, a situation, a feeling, a memory, anything I can’t deal with. There’s first a need to articulate ideas, to dissect a state of being, to analyse a flow of images, and in this process comes a moment of inspiration. It doesn’t have to come from my own experience, but to deal with the subjects that are important to me. Life, loss, death, sexuality… It can be something I saw or read, or a new association of images that helps me to understand what I’m dealing with. To understand something you need a lot of different angles. That’s why filming is a good medium for me.


Back to youHow has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

I’ve always worked with images. Drawing, painting, photography. I was forced to stop during some “horrible years” (as you call them), that’s when I began to write seriously. Language belongs to reality, images belong more to dream for me. So in that sense, it really changed my approach and my work. Filming involves rythm, time, like music. It gives new constraints and most importantly a new structure. Now it’s a vital structure for my imagery.


Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second? 

Not an illustrator but a painter. Egon Schiele.


Snow2 copyWhat’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

At night, in dreams. Alone, walking.


Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

A full-length film.


Something you want the world to know about you.

Apart from what I put in my art… Nothing.


SnowSomething that annoys or frustrates you about people.

That they are easily influenced, that they often kill their inner beauty, their potential. The idea of the herd of pigs rushing down the hill is terrible but unfortunately true. I can only admire people who run against the tide, who possess a personal inner wisdom.


Your idea about social networks.

Like everything, it depends on what you do with it. No one forbids you to use it in an intelligent way.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

Art as an investment/product. Art with a soul.

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