Intermissions with Ângela Dias

Wege der Weltweisheit: die Hermannsschlacht, Anselm Kiefer, 1982–93

What work of art has shaped you?

"The Ways of World Wisdom: The Battle of Hermann", 1978 by Anselm Kiefer was a work of art that influenced me, in my student period.

It was an important milestone on my way as an artist, when I got to know Anselm Kiefer's works as well as other works from this period of the 70s and 80s. As an example, I can mention other artists' names, such as Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente, Martin Kippenberger, Markus Lupertz,... I cannot help mentioning them for their figuratively expressive liberties which diverged from the form of traditional painting.

Going back to the beginning, to Ansel Kiefer's work, which is a wood engraving in 31 parts, where the history, the tradition and the myths he evokes in this piece and in others he made are, in my opinion, a plastically expressive and innovative response to the time he was living in. This reflection and "diagnosis of time" that he portrays in his paintings and drawings was something that enriched my creative process.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently skinning paper, sheet after sheet, turning them into pages of a black-covered book. An open book that welcomes another object, this time a natural one.

Is solitude an important part of being an artist?

Loneliness is part of the artist's life. This solitude can appear and stay in each of us in different ways. In my opinion each one of us shapes this time in his or her own way.

For me solitude is important, because it is a conciliator and aggregator of moments, transforming them into "consistent and palpable things".

However, it is still "heavy", that is, uncomfortable and disturbing for brief moments. But at the end of a day of workshop, I can say that it is worthwhile, that today I evolved a little more than the day before. The solitude makes the "dust" settle.