Interview: Calm – the installation by the Swiss artist Regine Ramseier

by Natasha Starkell | 12.02.2013 | art , interview , dandelion | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Interview: Calm – the installation by the Swiss ar

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Dandelion puffs in "Calm" - an installation by Regine Ramseier

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Dandelion puffs in "Calm" - an installation by Regine Ramseier

Over 2000 dandelion puffs are hanging from the ceiling of an art gallery. The breathtaking installation of the artist Regine Ramseier took over 60 hours just to gather the flowers.

How would you describe the project "Calm" in three words?

Hold your breath.

What inspired you to make the installation?

My return to Emmental after 20 years. The yellow meadows and the dandelions always remained in my memory, and in 2009 I started working with these memories. I prepared my first flower and put it in a lantern. "And when you think you can't go on, a little light will appear from somewhere" - from a poem by E. Vogel. This is a  little light for my new start in Emmental.

What does a normal working day look like for you?

Every day is very different. I often work in the studio for hours. I paint with aquarelles and I also paint large scale pictures. Often my works are about the same themes. Sometimes I get restoration contracts. When I get these I often have a time frame to complete them in, and so I spend my time working in the carpenter's workshop. Installations often have something to do with themes going on in my life and can take me years to finish.

What fascinates you about plants?

Nature is our foundation and for me, it is also a breeding ground for my art.

If you had one more day in the week, what would you do?

Paint and draw. I get my strength from doing that.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Never give up creating art.

Favourite flower:

Sunflower.

Favourite plant:

The calicantus: it blossoms so unassumingly in Winter. In Tessin, my adopted hometown, the Christmas tree is so fragrant and is my favourite.

Plants or flowers?

Flowers.

Balcony or garden?

Garden.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee.

Lake or ocean?

Ocean.

Day or night?

Day.

Cat or dog?

Cat.

Inside or outside?

It varies.

Friday or Sunday?

Friday, if I'm not working on Sunday.

Spring or Autumn?

Autumn.

 


Natasha Starkell
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