September 20, 2016


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The Punk-Rock Pieta
Artist, New York City

NY based multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen‘s work is deeply influenced by medieval art, gothic architecture and fairytales and her work adapt its symbolism aimed at a millennium audience.
Raised in Munich, Roescheisen received a master degree in art history, philosophy and folklore followed by working for Sotheby’s before rocketing her own art career. In 2015 one of her videos was shown at Venice Biennial in the context of the European Pavillon among well know artists such as Daniel Buren and Yoko Ono.
Even so there is definitely something punk-rock about her, she expresses a strong femininity and creates a bold meaning within her work and it was a pleasure to have a talk with her how art makes her vibrate, breathe, dream, cry, live, laugh, smile, question, reflect, and love.

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My ideal working outfit looks like…
A long white men’s T-shirt and barefoot, but that’s only the case when I am working in my studio all day without any meetings or studio visits.

Heels or flats… Which brand or style…
To be honest, I love heels. In my eyes, they are also pieces of Art. My favorite brand is Alaïa. Although on a regular day I tend to wear flats, as I do a lot of walking in New York. Then I stick to my favorite boots: an old pair of Chloé boots, that I have had for 5 years, still desperately trying to hold them together…

My favorite art-related blog/app is…
Not to be found in the virtual world. I am still very old school, as I love the smell and touch of old books and magazines. I still col-lect the art flyers and papers that you get in galleries. I like to touch and experience art. I do use several art apps though, such as “NY Art Beat” or “See Saw” to stay in-formed of the latest openings and exhibitions.

The last thing I bought and loved was…
A 2$ vinyl in Brooklyn on the street in Brooklyn: The Magic of Mozart.

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“La Pieta Series”: With the artist centered as main character, fragile and stunningly beautiful while her arms are covered with tattoos, toys surround the scene while a giant teddy bear replaces Jesus. 

Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
I remember being a teenager; maybe around 12/13 years old, thinking it would be a good idea to dye my hair red. It turned out orange, like a carrot. It looked ridiculous.

My necessary extravagance is…
Freedom. The word is by its meaning easy to understand, whereas real freedom truly feels like a big luxury. Freedom to me manifests artistically – it is a more general state of mind feeling for me. I feel it’s a constant practice and observation, a progressive evolution that comes with life experiences and reflection on yourself and your surroundings. The movement of freedom radiates and starts from the inside of every person. Which makes it a beautiful luxury, because it can be accessible to everybody.

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Three things/products I always need to have in my purse…
My little sketchbook that I always carry around to note down ideas that pop up into my head. Moreover, definitely my phone charger and my Frenchie slim cigarettes “Vogue”, that I love smoking with a good drink or glass of wine.

My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
If I need to stay awake: an ice cold shower from head to toe, especially the hair– you can be sure to scream but the feeling of being alive and awake is too good.

My most admired art world influencer…
Children – they don’t want to influence – their thoughts and ideas are pure, without any manipulation or drive, just pure observations of what they see, feel, hear and experience – I prefer their thoughts on art sometimes way more than the chewed art talks.

In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
Women artists get more attention and support. It’s astonishing to me that nowadays the gap of men and woman artist’s is still huge: approximately 80% of men and 20% of female artists. I am not a feminist, but the artistic language, approach and thought of women always seems a little bit different to me: probably more emotionally-driven and sometimes even more radical. So the evolution of women artists and their statements via their artwork is a very fascinating field to observe.

Art makes me…
Vibrate, breathe, dream, cry, live, laugh, smile, question, reflect, and love.

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What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally…
Authenticity turns me on in all kind of ways: emotionally, spiritually, and creatively. To be authentic, means that you have to define yourself not by what you do, but who you are in your true essence. In my eyes, this requires braveness, a lot of humor, self-observation, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, reflection on the self and others, as well as compassion towards yourself and others. Getting out of your comfort zone, never thinking that you’ve reached an end with your thoughts or understanding of things, or even finished with understanding who you really are.

The most arty city is…
NYC for me at the moment. Probably it’s because I just recently moved here and I love to discover the pulse of the city every day. How-ever, my heart also beats for Middle Age Art. For that, I would think of Rome or Florence as my medieval Art mecca’s.

The perfect art-world gentlemen is…
As long as he is a gentleman he doesn’t have to be from the Art world…

Artist(s) we should have on our watchlist is/are…
I love the work of Hans Op de Beeck and the work of Heather Hansen.

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“The Exit Fairytale of Suicide”: Artist’s latest video-art committing to raise awareness around topics of suicide, will be presented in Soho House Berlin (Sep 29) and NYU (Oct 19) along with suicide prevention panel discussion. 

 

 

Photos via the artist

Webpage: www.anninaroescheisen.com
Instagram: @anninaroescheisen