Six Questions

Six Questions: Clara Bahlsen

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

Artist Clara Bahlsen
Lives in Berlin

How do you describe your own art practice?

I mostly work with photography and sculpture. Part of my practice is to publish my own books.

Clara Bahlsen
Zement, Sackkarre, 2016 (Cement, Pushcard)
C-Print, 1070 mm x 1600 mm

Which question or theme is central in your work?

My work is based on observing and witnessing the everyday life. Aspects of not-belonging, biography and my own role within society’s system are central to my work.

Clara Bahlsen
Sprinter, 2018 (Vans)
Fine Art Inkjet Print, 740 mm x 600 mm

What was your first experience with art?

Not sure if it was the first one, but I got my first photo camera when I was about seven years old and made a book with the photos I took. I still have the book.

Clara Bahlsen
Zement, 2016 (Cement)
C-Prints, 800 mm x 1200 mm, hot-dip galvanized steel frames, books on floral foam, Exhibition view: Lage Egal, Berlin, 2019

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

It’s boredom, everything »normal«, the everyday things, surfaces and materials and the people within, of cause.

Clara Bahlsen
Zähne, 2019 (Teeth)
Fine Art Inkjet Print, 330 mm x 500 mm

What do you need in order to create your work?

Being on my own and with my close ones, getting realy bored, spending a lot of time in the same settings. But also being challenged by being invited to other contexts to contribute.

Clara Bahlsen
Palette/Pfeiler, 2019 (Palette/Pillar)
Poster, 700 mm x 1000 mm

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The artist Christine Sun Kim.

Clara Bahlsen
Palette/Pfeiler, 2019 (Palette/Pillar)
Direct printing on film coated plastic pallets, 800 mm x 1200 mm 
Exhibition view: Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U), Berlin, 2019

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