Title: Hand and Krill
Material: Oil on Canvas
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Usually I have to wait until I get a certain idea of the next painting in my mind – that’s a very intuitive process. Then I switch back and forth between analog and digital sketches until I get this feeling of “I’ve to paint it now, I can’t wait anymore!”
How would you define your work in few words (ideally in 3 words)?
Rhythm. Repetition. Connectedness.
Can you name any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?
Generally, I feel inspired by all people who devote themselves to a passion with full dedication. Regarding Artists, I’m deeply impressed by every artwork that touches me emotionally and which I can’t get out of my mind. This can be a novel, a theatre production, a song, a tapestry or a painting.
Creating a new painting can be a solitary process. If this applies to you, when you concentrate on a new artwork does it affect your social life at all?
For me there’s a perfect symbiosis between being alone in the studio for many hours and meeting others in my free time. I need this balance also for my work.
How do you know when a painting is finished?
When it speaks to me and says “Hello”. But to be completely honest, sometimes it also can happen that a deadline says “Hello”.
What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space like, and how does it affect your process?
18 steps down. White tables. One sleeping cat. The smell of coffee and oil paint. A healthy amount of art books. A balance between chaos and order. Two old windows. A dying orchid. My neighbour is poring flowers while watching people on street. The sound of the same playlist for two months. Everywhere sketches and a flowerpot full of notes. I really love my studio, but does it affect my working process? – I don’t think so. If I had to, I could work in a broom closet too.
Which exhibition did you visit last?
Uncanny Values. Artificial Intelligence & You at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. I had an interesting and very funny chat with Eliza, a natural language processing computer program developed in the 60s.
What do you hope audiences will take from your work?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I like variety. So I was a night owl until my early 20’s, then part-time sleeper and now I’m a morning person. I’m curious what’s next. Maybe afternoon tiger.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Which are your plans for the near future?
I will have an exhibition at the end of September. At the moment, my entire attention is focused on the preparation of this show. The exhibition will be at an artist run gallery in Vienna and is called Mimose (sensitive plant).
Jasmin Edelbrunner, Ears and Circles, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2019
©All images are courtesy of the artist