Evelyn Gesen exhibits Nr. 14, Pierrot, from the series alphabet 2005–2018. In the work from 2018 Gesen combines material collage / print on paper and transparent paper (100x70cm).
- How did you find out that you wanted to become an artist?
I was affected by artwork painting, music and literature at a very young age. It took me years to find out what I wanted to do myself. I was too insecure to simply go ahead and study art. So I signed up for German and English literature to become a teacher. I got a scholarship at a University in America when I was 20 years old. There in the more liberal atmosphere I started to study sculpture and I continued when I returned to Germany and later on changed to painting.
- Where do you get your inspiration for your work from today?
For my present work I get inspiration from mass media, newspapers, fotos, and the absurdity of things happening simultaneously in the world.
- Have you participated at Østlandsutstillingen before?
This is my first time of participation and I enjoyed it very much. To take part in the opening I traveled through Denmark to Oslo and way back through Sweden. This lead to a fresh impression.
- Please tell us litt about your art piece at the exhibition.
The work belongs to a series of emblematic pictures which I have given the title alphabet”.They seem simple but they are also complex. The appearance is clear but also contains a hidden meaning. This particular form has the silhouette of Antoine Watteau’s Pierrot named “Gilles” (1718) who embodies a lonely individual, a sad clown.
- Whats your next big artistic project?
I am doing a series of digital prints of iconic images.
- How do you think that the cooperation between Norway and Schleswig-Holstein should develop in the future?
I am convinced that it would be necessary and inspiring to develop the cooperation. Exchange and visits as well as common exhibitions should lead to more personal contact.
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