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Carmen Keiser: ‘Art is a response’ Carmen Keiser is a freelance artist who explores colours and patterns from her studio in Zug, Switzerland. Here, the former textile designer explains why her contemporary art changes every time someone different is looking at it. TEXT: SONJA IRANI I PHOTOS: CARMEN KEISER
“I always had the dream to paint completely freely,” Keiser says. However, the textile design graduate spent the first 18 years of her career providing highend fashion and interior designers with new patterns for print and fabrics. Finally, in 2002, she took the plunge and went from textile design to full-time painting. Nowadays, the artist gets her inspiration from the endless combination possibilities of different colours.“I like to play the game of letting various colour nuances interact. I also analyse my themes in detail. It’s almost as if I am scientifically researching the process of creating an image, which I then bring alive with acrylic paint, a wooden panel, ink or paper on canvas.” The finished results can be seen in several prestigious galleries and art exhibitions.
“Every observer of my paintings has a different opinion about what makes them special,” explains the artist. “When people look at them, they notice a response; they feel some kind of connection.” If you like to keep this response with you every day, you can buy Keiser’s paintings from the exhibiting galleries or directly from the artist’s studio.
From 24 November until summer / spring next year, Keiser’s art objects can be seen at Zurich’s Living Sculptures – a gallery for three-dimensional Swiss art. The one event that Keiser is looking forward to the most, however, is her individual exhibition that will take place at Zug’s Carla Renggli gallery in March 2018.“This exhibition will show my complete artistic portfolio from the moment I first started out as an artist,” she rejoices. www.carmenkeiser.ch
In addition to her paintings, Keiser has been creating rotatable cards since 1990. “Everything that you can see on the cards, I have designed, sketched, painted, embroidered or even digitally developed myself.” The collection of the cards, which is expanded every year, can be bought through Keiser’s website or from museums, galleries, book shops and highend stationary stores. Issue 44 | November 2016 | 21
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