Thursday, October 14, 2010

Artist Interview with Vilma Bader...

Vilma Bader, Board Painting I, 2009,
Mixed media on board, 120 x 120 cm

 Vilma Bader, Board Painting V, 2009,
 Mixed media on board, 110 x 110 cm

Vilma Bader, Dice I & II, 2009,
Oil, enamel on board, 48 x 48 x 48 cm

Vilma Bader, Dice III & IV, 2009,
Oil, enamel on board, 48 x 48 x 48 cm

Why do you make art?

I make art in response to a profound inner need. I enjoy the sustained and active periods of solitude. They are the moments I feel I am directly communicating with others. Making art is also about understanding what lies outside my own experience. "Je sius un autre", alterity: the condition of otherness made famous by Arthur Rimbaud in 1871 was a long time goal of many modernists. Paul Gauguin travelled to Britanny and later to Tahiti in search of not only a way to make art but to live life. This otherness was explored by surrealists like Max Ernst in obscure dreams and vague desires. Many modernists pursued alterity for its disruptive potential but no fixed location. Alterity for me is the space I create within myself. It is as important as the outer space, it gives me an equilibrium and a dimension to create.

Vilma Bader is a Sydney based artist and a recent finalist in the 2010 Blacktown Art Prize. Her work can currently be seen at Artereal as part of our group exhibition +/- (Positive / Negative) which runs until the 31st October, 2010.

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