Renate Merzinger-Pleban

Born in: 1942, Vienna, Austria

Lives in: Pressbaum, Austria

Media: Painting, Photography, Illustration, Watercolor, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Landscape is everywhere

See More Work:  Austria Forum

Black Trees - Acrylic on paper 65 x 50 cm

"Lines and strokes by pencil or brush produce form, space, motion.
They give clear significance by strength and colour and also by letting blank the paper. Every stimulation comes from outside. As an answer to it my drawing and painting create the world outside new."

What themes does your work involve?
Landscape is everywhere, there does not exist no landscape. You only may fade it in favour of something in a certain moment subjectively important and interesting. For me landscape is a synonym for nature and nature is a synonym for indifference. Since ever nature makes me feel delivered because of its arbitrariness and fascinated because of its beauty. So the landscape is the favorite theme of my work as an artist.
Describe your creative process.
Looking around I always see landscapes (because there does not exist no landscape). Again and again I am fascinated and that's the beginning of a new work. I create lines and colours in order to work out all - for me - most important characteristics, till the moment the picture "tells" me: enough, well done or failed. Sometimes it seems more difficult to end working on a picture than to begin with it. There is nearly no possibility to correct the result of painting or/and drawing.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Working as an artist is a matter of dealing with the world around me. I have to find my position and - possibly - get echo. In my work I reduce nature to landscape. So it becomes concrete - maybe harmless - and a place of desire where emotion and thoughts may find a place to stay a while. My works show my highly personal view of a landscape - always without contradiction: nature never replies.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art is good or it is not art. Producing art and also "consuming" art is a very individual process and that is OK in my opinion. It is probably the last important and completely free area for human beings to decide whether art is art or not. What makes a piece of art great for a certain person depends on his/her individual touchability and sensitivity. Apart from this: persons who have a high interest in art mostly make the same decisions regarding art.
What is the role of the artist today?
It is very simple: I am an artist because there is nothing that interests me permanently so much as fine art. The role of - any kind of - artists was and is: to take a very personal look at the world to show (express) this access to the world using his/her medium and offer others to share it. But necessarily without any force or compulsion - art is free! There is a general right of interest and also of no interest.

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