Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Johannes Wald.
Lives in Berlin
How do you describe your own art practice?
My work physically and conceptually examines sculpture, deconstructing its general parameters and the necessary tenets of its existence.
What was your first experience with art?
At the end of the street I grew up on was a square with two works in public: A well by the German sculptor Ulrich Rückriem and a text piece by Lawrence Weiner, which I didn’t really understood up to that day.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Seeing, feeling and thinking.
What do you need in order to create your work?
A rare interaction of moods: boredom, solitude and clarity.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am polishing a piece of obsidian, in order to find the reflection of my face in it. (I already did that before two times. I gave them both away, what I do regret now).
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Even though I am not a big fan of Ettore Sottsass’ idea of design, but the emotional richness and freedom in his artworks and writings really touched me. (Ettore Sottsass, There Is A Planet, 15 Set 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, La Triennale, Milano).