Six questions for
Marie Jamil Schwab

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Marie Jamil Schwab.

Artist Marie Jamil Schwab
Lives in Weimar, Germany

How do you describe your own art practice?

My art practice revolves around the exploration of my own body through Breathwork and by exposing myself to the cold – pushing myself to my limits. These experiences give rise to works that seek to translate my perception into my own visual language. Be it analogue or digital, by land or by sea, in my videos, photographs and installations, I discover my physical and mystic abilities.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

How to say a lot while being silent?

What was your first experience with art?

I was lucky enough to be born into a family of artists. So it was perfectly normal for me to grow up and play in art studios, darkrooms and exhibition spaces.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My dreams.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Harsh circumstances.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you? 

Natural relations by Herman de Vries, which consists of his extensive collection of found objects. For about 40 years de Vries has documented the diversity of nature and our living space. For the artist, relations with nature are the foundation of all life. This ongoing work captivates me again and again.

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