Six questions for
Stefanie Moshammer

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Stefanie Moshammer.

Artist Stefanie Moshammer
Lives in Vienna and Paris

How do you describe your own art practice?

Brutal, yet sentimental; raw, yet empathetic. A conglomerate of emotion and imagination.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

My practice operates at the intersection of research, observation and recreation. Often the starting point of my projects are based on autobiographical experiences and social phenomenons. Depending on which topics and emotions are currently occupying me, content and implementations result from this.
But in general my work touches on topics such as the mythology of people and places, the investigation of stereotypes and cultural myths, as well as the exploration of human conditions, where the personal invariably gets involved.

What was your first experience with art?

Subcultural resistance. I grew up in the Viennese Punk scene in the 2000’s.
Us doing flyers for concerts, sewing our own clothes, creating bands, inventing hair styles, … Looking back at this time, it was some kind of art form for me.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Life in all its nuances. I’m thirsty for life. I can’t just work, I need to live to work. I need to explore and I need to experience. And with life there comes joy, and there comes pain. And after all I recreate my experiences and transform my sentiments into imagery.

What do you need in order to create your work?

A healthy body and a content mind.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

A performance of the Japanese sound artist Fujita Yosuke last year in September at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris. I loved to observe how he examines, manipulates and presents unheard sounds and noises found within nature. And the multidisciplinary exhibition “Evidence” at Centre Pompidou in October 2022. It’s a visual and audio collage by Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective, drawing inspiration from the poets Arthur Rimbaud, Antonin Artaud and René Daumal. A spiritual and powerful journey. In general it happens quite often that I’m most surprised by work that’s beyond my own practice.

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