How beautiful is art

"Art MAY also be beautiful and does not necessarily have to be provocative or ugly" Petra Kaindel in an interview

Why did you become an artist and how did you get into art?

I have to answer questions one and two together, I cannot separate them: I believe that art has come to me rather than the other way around. That sounds a bit esoteric, but with the many paths my life could have gone, I've always come back to my beginnings, to the joy of drawing, inventing stories ... I think that's more of a destiny that I'm only supposed to gladly followed.

Female Artist - Penis Envy, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 120 cm

Seen in this way, I've been developing the faces that I draw and paint for more than forty years. A style that was very much influenced by cartoons in my childhood. Then later, the advent of music videos was like immersing yourself in a new world. I started to turn my drawn stories into music, like a director of a music video, my mini-portraits flicked over countless stacks of paper with very simple ballpoint pens, always to a song. For example, I recorded an entire cassette (!) With a song by Prince so that I had a long opportunity to devote myself to my self-made story. And basically I don't do anything else today 😊, only that I now bring my story to canvas in just one sequence: It's a challenge.

For me personally, a portrait, a look is often enough to construct a whole world around me, to express an emotion. And that's what art should be able to do for me: Get under your skin, trigger something, fall into another, into a new world.

How would you describe your art?

Since I think in pictures, not in words, I find it difficult to translate painting into something different from what it is: history in pictures. Life in pictures. Everything that surrounds me, everything that moves me, is also painted. My emotional biography could also be told in my pictures.

RESPECT! 2016, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 140 cm

My painting is very contemporary and speaks the language of its time.

Art MAY also be beautiful and does not necessarily have to be provocative or ugly to be allowed to call itself art. Even the most ancient cultures saw beauty as a gift from the gods. And I feel that my path is a gift from the gods ... so I can't do anything other than thank you with my work.

... and who are you? 2016, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 80 cm

What ideas do you represent in your art?

I deal with the issues of equality between the sexes, with human relationships, with social norms and constraints, with dealing with time that slips through our fingers ... So very everyday, very human issues, but presented not without self-irony and winking .

Coming back to what I said earlier that art can also be beautiful; I also think that art can also be light and funny. She is allowed to do everything, because she comes from life, from people who are children of their time.

Art is not a bubble in a vacuum that has to be filled with clumsy constructs. For me, art is a way of expressing lived life.

Monster (or “Now she wants children too”), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm

How can you imagine your studio?

I can imagine my studio wonderfully 😉 In reality, in southern Italy, where I mainly live, it is a room in a poorly insulated country house, which is located under huge pine trees that prevent me from perishing from the heat in summer.

Yeah, finally summer is coming! 2014, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 100 cm

A plain room, crammed with paint, tools for stretching canvas and boxes, wobbly tables, and carpets stained with paint. But the house is in a huge garden: a wild paradise of orange, lemon and avocado trees, an exile to work for several months a year. The sea is only a few minutes away. I've been working here for a few years and it has influenced my painting to the extent that nature is increasingly included in my pictures.

But that's how it is: no art without life, no life without art.

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By Louisa Baumgartel