Behind the Art: An Interview with Alina Maria Birkner
Alina Maria Birkner is a young artist from Munich, whose work is mainly based on colour and light and how colour can affect the viewer. Her large paintings tend to feature a dreamy interplay between softly blended pastels and definite linear margins and geometric shapes and it is easy to get lost in a far-off space beyond the artist’s aesthetically enticing invitations to another dimension. Having only graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich last year, she has already held a solo exhibition, "Cosmic Love / Rosy Dawn”, at Miranda Kuo Gallery in New York and shown at Viennacontemporary 2016 with Jecza Gallery. This is an artist who has been on our radar at Ennigaldi for several months and we are delighted to commence our “Behind the Art” interview series with a peep inside her world.
1. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
2. Are you a tea or coffee person?
I drink tea because caffeine is too stimulating for me.
3. When did you first feel your calling to create art?
Difficult to answer. As my parents are both artists, it felt natural to me to be creative from a very young age.
4. Can you remember the first piece of art that you ever created?
Not really. But when I was 11, I decorated my whole room with watercolours of horses I had painted. It was almost like an obsession.
5. Where do you find inspiration?
In many things. The sky, optical phenomena, science, dreams, other artists I admire…
6. Do you listen to music while you work? If so, who or what kind of music do you listen to most?
Yes I do! David Bowie, classic rock and also some hip hop or girly music. Anything that puts me into a good mood!
7. What’s your favourite colour and why?
My favourite colour has always been pink - it was also the crayon I used the most when I was a child. But can I also say rainbow? Because I really love the whole spectrum… especially when together!
8. What is your most creative time of day (or night)?
I’d say from 11am to 6pm. Some ideas also come floating in when I am in bed and keep me awake
9. Do you have a muse or role model?
Hilma af Klint, but really, there are many more.
10. What is your most important work tool?
They are all equally important; stretcher, canvas, brushes, water, paint.
11. Is there a specific place where feel most productive?
In my studio. There is not much that can distract me there.
12. What piece of work are you most proud of?
Always my most recently finished painting, where I can see my progress. But there is also self-doubt involved.
13. What are you currently working on?
I am preparing for Viennacontemporary 2017 in September and also an art in architecture competition.
14. Do you look at the work of other artists?
15 What do you think makes art good?
A spiritual connection is important to me. Art that you can experience, that makes you feel like you are connected, that has a strong energy field but without disregarding aesthetics.
16. What other contemporary artists do you currently admire most?
James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson.
17. Do you have a favourite city to visit?
I can’t decide, there are many cities I like to visit! Paris, New York, London, Florence and Krakow are on my list… although I am more of a country person.
18. Name your top 3 holiday destinations:
When I was a child, we used to go to the Polish coast every summer. I have many beautiful memories of the Baltic sea. Then Italy. And a couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii, which is probably one of the most beautiful places on this planet.
19. What is your favourite gallery or museum in the world?
Pace Gallery, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and in Munich, where I live, the Lenbachhaus.
20. How would you describe your fashion style?
Oh that changes so quickly. But I always need fabric to feel good on my skin and cuts that are comfortable yet elegant. So nothing too complicated to war.
21. What is your most treasured possession?
22. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
An actress or a scientist. I am also interested in Psychology.
23. What advice would you give those wishing to pursue a creative path?
Listen to your inner voice and learn to trust it. The more you grow into your true self, the more you are able to express yourself or your message freely. And remember - there is no such thing as perfection.