Björn Dämpfling

Born in: 1949, Germany
Lives in: Berlin, Germany
Describe your art in three words: Freedom of expression
Education: Self-taught artist
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"My art is about to create with every image new stuff I have not seen before and to get as far from depiction of reality as possible. Maximal freedom of expression."

What themes does your work involve?
Everything of lasting visual interest for me, especially structures, handmade. That beats even nature.
Describe your creative process.
My brain as a scientist has no control, I start when a feel the drive to do it. I produce my art digitally, but the computer is just a drawing tool for me. Even if I use tools only the computer can offer, I alter them to make them mine. Perfection and tricks that only the machine can produce, ad zero to creativity, but it can take away a lot of it. How I start and how long it takes to make my images varies between 3 minutes and nine month pure production time. "Alice" took nine month within two years.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
For me art was always like sex: It is not all, but all is not much without it. A necessity, but no challenge, since my interest in art is based on what can't be learned beyond technical skills. So nothing to be proud of, therefore I decided to become a scientist, since everyone in that field starts from scratch. I guess I needed art in order to preserve my logical brain from being destroyed by my fantasies that landed on paper. For the last 20-25 years art became my main activity, but never all the time. Everything I see influences me, but my everyday thinking is that of a political scientist and an economist, though I am no longer involved in activ research.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me great art is an image one can look at every day and see something new.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of an artist is to decide what his or her role should be and for whom, general answers are impossible.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist