Meet Edeltraudt Hennemann!
She is a full-time artist who devoted herself to art in 2000, after studying it very late in her life. While Edeltraud is known for her paintings, she also occasionally works on sculptures using wood and a chainsaw. We wanted to know how long she takes for one painting:
“I can’t say for sure how long I take for one piece. Sometimes it’s a really quick process where I am done in one day or I work on one piece for weeks. Other times I think a piece is finished and hang it up in my atelier and then start working on it again because I think this is lacking something, the process isn’t finished yet. So you can’t really determine how long
I take for any painting because it depends on the individual case.”
She had a funny story concerning her working progress:
“Once, while I was working on a rather large piece titled “the dreamer”, a man saw the work-in-progress. But he found himself in this piece and through working on it, he and I created a wonderful deep exchange. In the end, he even purchased the finished piece and we are still in contact today.”
Meet Peter Bock!
His work will also be exhibited at our event this weekend. His specialty is aquarelle paintings and he actually used to stand guard at Jacobs when it was still a military base.
“My name is Peter bock and in my former life, I worked as an electrician, a locksmith, a plumber and as a street and path caretaker. I am 70 years old and have been drawing for 10 or 20 years. I found this specific art when my wife gifted me an art course in aquarelle painting and it just stuck with me. Meanwhile, I give my own courses though, at the Volkshochschule in Delmenhorst or the art workshop there, which is a really nice club. The thing I like most about working with aquarelle is that it is fast. I am not a person who likes wasting time, so I need something that gets done quickly – and in my field of expertise, the drying process takes longer than the creation process. And then, I love how I don’t have control over the entire process. I can’t always direct it so oftentimes things happen unintentionally where I think hey, this looks interesting, let’s work with this!
I never gave much thought to what I don’t like about art… Maybe what annoys me sometimes are people who are used to working with oil paintings and who come with these tiny brushes and want to work with all the tiny details. But then I think to myself that there are so many variations of art, so I let them do their thing and it turns out great. So, I guess there’s nothing I could specifically dislike about art. It’s great!
As Peter Bock said, he has other hobbies along with painting, like repairing old cars. Thus, the time he spends on one piece depends on how he feels like at the moment.
A funny story Peter Bock had to tell related to Jacobs:
“Some odd years ago I was at the Vegesacker Kunst Herbst and one student at Jacobs University, I forgot her name, but she was from Georgia, approached me. She really liked my work and asked me if I wanted to participate at Art Fest! And I was like, sure why not, but then I saw what you guys managed to do and were so delighted that I wanted to participate again this year. Another cool thing which came about through our exchange was that I could be a judge at one of your art competitions -ArtOn. And I really enjoyed it, it was a fun experience!”
Meet Elke Schött
“I’m Elke Schött, I loved drawing as a child and art was always my companion throughout Highschool. When I graduated though, I did an apprentice as a programmer and when I had my children it was sort of already too late for me to get into the art business. But then, I signed up for a Workshop with Bärbel Kock, and she kind of really led me back to art. Now I do art in my free time where I try various techniques. I mostly teach myself various specializations or visit workshops. I do abstract arts, photo-realistic and at the moment I’m experimenting with urban sketching when the weather is nice outside.
The thing I enjoy most about art is that I can really dive into my work and forget what is happening around me. The thing I like less is people who like to criticize how specific things are drawn when they go to exhibitions. I think art is often made in the eyes off the artist and thus you should let it be the way it is, it’s not like you have to buy it! Otherwise, I’m always fulfilled when I have art around me.”
We asked Elke to tell us her craziest story, and she had a really interesting one to share with us: “There’s always something crazy that can happen when you’re doing art and I am a person who loves experimenting and, should the group composition be right, likes to get myself into new things. So once I was on an art excursion with Bärbel Kock and a really good friend of mine from Switzerland. And we went to a naturalist beach on the Baltic sea, which is honestly nothing special. When the sun was setting, we tried ourselves in nude photography, when Bärbel came along with more women and a plastic tarp. So we experimented taking some pictures with this tarp, as Bärbel pulled out acrylics and splashed them on the tarps. We then rolled around in the paint and took some really great shots. Afterward, I used close up pictures of myself as a motif and redrew them. And it turned out really great and interesting, so it was an amazing experience overall.”
Meet Brigitte Graue!
She was born and raised in Vegesack, where she has her own Atelier.
She was a lateral art recruit who found to her profession twenty years ago through courses, workshops and art excursions to Weimar and Erfurt. Throughout her career, Brigitte has held expositions all around Germany like in Weimar, Erfurt, and Lübeck.
Her favorite specialization is abstract surrealism or symbolism:
“You will see this very clearly in pieces shown at Art Fest this year.
Depending on the process, one piece can take 2 hours to finish. You see, I draw from within my subconscious, so I turn off my head after I merely choose the colors and then just go for it. Sometimes, however, one piece will take several weeks to complete, so I always reflect upon my work and correct some issues that need my attention. I often write texts to accompany my progress, or I choose to get inspired through written works of others, like poems or short stories.
Something funny that happens to me very often after an exhibition is that people come up to me and tell me “Oh my, I would love to paint the way you do! it’s such a pity that you don’t give classes!” But I do teach! I’m just limited to only offer one-on-one classes because my atelier is too small to host bigger classes.”
This is Yvonne Jenniges, a master’s student in digital media at the University of Bremen.
She devotes her free time to art and one of the pieces of hers, exhibited at ArtFest took. More than twenty hours to complete.
“My favorite thing about sketching and drawing is the flow you get into. It’s sort of like meditating. My least favorite thing is that I’m really into details and so I get really annoyed when it doesn’t work out!”
Something interesting that happened to her:
“So, I wanted to try to draw something, and it really wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to! And in the end, I ended out overpainting it completely abstract with forms and such so it was completely abstract and yeah, it turned out much better in the end!”
She is currently studying digital media at the University of Bremen.
“It was like from childhood like I would say in primary classes I initially would draw cartoon characters and all and then I went into learning and creating literal sketches.”
“I feel it gives you a sense of creation. That at the end you are creating something new that was not already there and it’s a feeling of satisfaction when you do something like this.
The thing Farhana enjoys least about art is the mess it creates: “So you totally enjoy the process and all, but once you have to clean up everything it’s very difficult. “
“I think I spend more time in compiling the idea than actually executing it. If I have a clear idea of something, I take less time. I take more time maybe if I have no clear idea of something. It depends really if it’s a real object, it depends on what size I’m working with, and that’s it!”
Farhana has a really good feeling for mixing colors so when she used to paint, everyone always asked her about how to mix colors together to really get that specific tone they were looking for. She really thought it was fun helping her mom out when she was creating the right color to paint some furniture.
Meet one of our very own artists, Christian Preissner!
He is a third-year Psychology Major from Germany! This weekend you can view a sketchbook and two acrylic paintings of Christians at Art Fest.
Since when have you been practicing art?
“Once I was able to stand up, literally. Because my mom is a self-employed interior designer, and so she worked from home, and she would always have a small art table with pencils and brushes next to her while she was working. So, once I was able to stand, I started drawing things.
Why does Christian love creating Art?
“Because I can really be myself and it truly distracts me from everything else that is happening around me, so I’m just really in the zone. Nothing else matters when I’m engaging in it, and I don’t even notice time passing and that’s what I enjoy. Reality doesn’t even exist in those moments.”
While Christian mostly brings his sketchbook everywhere he goes, because it helps him focus and releases any anxiety he feels. But painting to him is more like a free time project he does when he’s inspired.
Meet our artistic couple, Doris and Wolfgang Klawitter!
The couple is retired, and they are self-proclaimed autodidactic artists. After taking part in courses in 2007, where they learned to paint with oil, they started working on their style and progress together.
Their favorite thing to do while painting? Using colors:
“We both like colors very much. Let’s just say that we are colorful people and thus really enjoy it when artists make use of various colors. Sometimes abstract, sometimes realistic, nature it depends on how we feel like, but we always feel like using lots of colors.”
Doris had an exciting story to tell about an oil painting she was working on and wanted to give up.“Sometimes you have that feeling because you want to do something a certain way, but end up not liking because it’s just not turning out the way you want it too. For example, I had one picture, and I wanted it to be exactly the way I had envisioned it in my head, but it just wouldn’t come out the way I wanted it to. So, I grabbed the color pots next to me and just splashed them onto the canvas and then the colors mixed up and looked even worse, so I took them off with a spatula but then realized that it was too late. So, I went out to my husband and told him: “man, I just really screwed it up!” But then the very next day, I had a friend over who saw the painting and was so amazed by it and told me I really needed to showcase it! And, who would have known, all of this mess I created with the anger and frustration that lead to me doing whatever made that painting the most desired painting in one of the exhibitions I showcased it at – dozens of people were coming up to us to buy it!”
Meet Holger Hertwig!
Holger is a full time art, German, geography and history teacher while being fulltime dedicated to art.
“I usually paint with acrylic colors, simply because it’s a fast method and it suites my expressionist style. In 2008 I visited an exhibition of an expressionist painters club in Oldenburg and ever since I saw their work I started practicing this form of painting professionally. Before art was just like my hobby, but the exhibition in 2008 motivated me to be a professional and to paint expressionist. Art to me is a beautiful way of expressing myself, it just gives me this freedom to do so. I can express my perception of nature, emotions, people, situations, literally anything through painting what I see.
Because of my occupation, I don’t get enough time actually to paint, but I do spend a lot of time getting inspired and reading about artists and art history. Thus, I often go two or three weeks without having the time to work on a new piece but then, when a vacation comes around, I spend every single day painting.”
Meet Karin Bredow!
She is a ship constructor from Germany. She constructs mega yachts. Thus her job is highly technical and structured,, which she said it is very good for her to engage in Art, where she can find a bit of freedom in her mind. We asked Karin how she got started as a part-time artist:
“I started with oil, then aquarelle, then acrylics, then a Japanese form of art. I actually underwent and completed an advanced study program at a School for Higher Education in Bremen at night, when I was 17 years old. When my son was born in 1995, I had to take a break because my son would dip his hands into the paint and, you know, make a huge mess of things! I started again though, and now I am very much into fluid painting, where you can’t see at first sight what the motive of the piece is. I want the viewers to step back and really engage in the art. I am actually a lecturer at the Volkshochschule where I teach others how to do fluid painting. This is actually a very different experience because some people come with no proper knowledge of art and it’s very hard at first to get onto the same page, but then, when you do, the results are great.”
Something Karin doesn’t like about fluid painting is that you have to be very careful not to get the paint into her hair because it is impossible to wash it out. And then she said, it is a lengthy process. But she says the lengthy process, and the expensive materials are worth it:
“I do it because I know that I may years I might be dead, but my paintings will still be there for my son. Art gives my life purpose. Every day we get up, eat, go to work and maybe party very hard, but at some point, we ask ourselves, “is this all,” and I think no. I can say, here I have a room in my flat only for pictures of my art, and it is very much fulfilling for me.”
Meet Edda Jahn!
“I work at night, and I’ve painted more than 500 pieces, and art is really fun to me, it keeps me fit. I started painting when I was six because my dad taught me how to. From there on out, I just advanced. I went to the Kunsthochschule (art college) in Bremen, where I learned how to make nude and portrait studies.
Nowadays I have my own atelier, which encompasses pottery and space for me to work on my paintings. Sometimes, whenever I feel to do so, I take my husband into our campervan, and we just head to France. I always take all of my tools with me and work there!
What I love about art, is that I can fully unfold myself during the process. You always start somewhere, and, you know, I start from my belly and just evolve from there. I’m very spontaneous, and I often don’t need any inspiration, I just go for it. Sometimes I get inspired by my dreams though.
My motive is often political, I always want to bring in current topics and then just connect those with symbols used in my paintings.”
Edda is a self-proclaimed speed painter as she just needs one hour for most of her paintings, which she said is the reason for her vast collection.
Meet Manuela Mordhorst!
“My name is Manuela Mordhorst, I come from near Hamburg, and I’ve been an artist for a little more than ten years now. I do have a part-time job at a doctor’s office nearby. But as I always say, I’m mostly a painter. The technique I most often use is using oil, but occasionally I try myself in acrylics or marble flower.
I started involving myself in art as a child, and over the years I just accumulated knowledge.
The thing I enjoy most about painting is that I can paint intuitively. I love putting myself in specific situations and capture the emotions present in my pieces.
I paint almost every day, like one to four hours – sometimes 24 hours!”
Meet Marko Alexandros Kagioglidis!
He is currently Studying integrated design at the University of the arts in Bremen. One year ago he learned how to make ceramic creations. This weekend we will exhibit some of his work. We asked him what the piece he brought for Art Fest is supposed to express:
“So, you can feel a place. I brought Nepal with mount Everest and everything.
The thing with places is that you can usually not hold them in your hands. You can’t keep the emotions and memories in your hands either so that is what I would like to emphasize with my art. I allow people to hold a place in their very own hands.
I got started with ceramics about a year ago. I sunk into the topic for many hours. I make positives with us. I got started with this particular project.
Meet our very own campus crew,
We interviewed one of their dancers, Ninuca Kanchaveli.
She majors in psychology and will be graduating next year. But before she leaves us, you can still get the chance to see her, and her fellow dancers from Campus Crew perform during ArtFest this weekend!
“I started dancing when I was three. I was terrified of dance classes, so my mom had to stay with me that I wouldn’t run away.
There are so many great things about dancing, I don’t know which one to choose as my favorite aspect. It’s amazing as its form of art because you can put your emotions in it, your feelings, whatever you would like to express. I hate when there are some people that are competing with you. That is the thing I don’t like in the dancing industry. I would say to my students to never compete with others, only with yourself, because that is the person you are supposed to work on.
I don’t have enough time to dance during my studies. I maybe dance two to three times a week here, but when I am home over the summer I dance every single day, and it is the most amazing thing to do. Something always happens during your performance, and so you are always in for a surprise. Sometimes you hit your partner or rip your dress, but you need to persevere and continue on your journey.”
Meet Stephanie Gaeta from Italy!
Her work will be shown this weekend at Art Fest.
“I create ceramics, I studied this in Italy and I also paint with acryllics. I got started with art when I was four years old. My grandpa was a painter and so he taught me how to paint and then I simply evolved from there on out. I always painted and drew. My favorite thing to do is capturing the human body, like the small things you don’t always see or notice at first, which make a person special.”
Meet one of our very own artists, Otmane Sabir!
Otmane is a first-year computer science major from Morocco. You’ll get to see a short film he produced this weekend! We had a short talk with him, and here’s what he had to say.
“I started film making when I was 14 after I got my first camera as a birthday gift. I started going out with friends and recording little clips of us goofing around and boom! I found my love for film making.”
When we asked him what he likes and dislikes about film making he answered, “My favorite part about film making and editing is how it puts me in this safe space where I can do anything I want without being told how to do it or if I can do it, a space where I simply voice myself in all different ways. And the worst part is probably having a creative block. It’s just a time that strips you away from your confidence and creativity and just makes you doubt yourself.”