The young artist, Rebekka Heitz (M.Ed.) from Northern Germany creates modern, contemporary artworks with a delicate touch of gold. She combines colourful, impressive and expressive styles of painting.
Hi, Rebekka! Tell us a few words about yourself. When did you begin doing art, and how did you get started? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Rebekka: Art was always present in my life- As a child, I drew a lot, and my parents sent me to an art school. Before I started studying, I passionately worked in an art school for children, adolescents, and adults. The desire to teach art and to share the joy of art with others grew. At the University of Oldenburg in Northern Germany, I completed teacher training specified on arts & media and languages with the Master of Education. During my year abroad in America at the University of West Georgia, I focussed on my artistic abilities and development.
You say you experiment with colors, different materials, and love to discover how unexpected artworks arouse. Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc. And what is the most challenging part of your art?
Rebekka: The results are diverse from classical acryl- and oil paintings on canvas. I admire working with leaf gold and structure pastes, and sometimes I add some glitter or try to create 3 D effects with different materials. My artwork is a natural expression of my desire to tell stories and reach the viewers’ hearts. I am inspired by my environment but also by what I have experienced in my life.
Accordingly, I paint both abstractly and figuratively. You can find impressionistic and expressionistic elements in my pictures. The biggest challenge is my high demand on my pictures. Sometimes it is challenging to transform the idea of the images in my head into painted portraits.
What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Rebekka: It takes a moment when I start to paint until I am completely “in my picture.” Once I’m in the flow, it is challenging to detach myself from the picture, that’s why I often paint late into the night.
You’ve had a tragedy in your life, and I’m so sorry to hear that. You say painting is your rescue. But does it have a therapeutic effect also? And what would you advise for women in a similar situation?
Rebekka: Yes, I have experienced a bitter and probably the most painful loss that a woman can only undergo. My newborn daughter was only nine days old when she died due to medical failure. Her tiny body was lying on my chest in my arms when I felt her last heartbeat. How should a person survive such an unbearable experience and, above all, continue to live with it?
Only art gives me the chance to not think about my grief for a while, to express my pain, and sometimes it enables me to cope with my helplessness. Some of my pictures show a picture of female suffering and the feeling of being completely exposed and torn. At the same time, my illustrations show the incredible strength that women can prove in extreme need. Essentially, painting is my rescue. I found myself in the paintings after I no longer knew who I was. My art makes me independent of the difficulties of life.
I really cannot advise a woman who has experienced something similar, since I cannot describe myself as recovered. We humans are too different from painting could help everyone improve from sad experiences- but it’s worth a try.
What are you currently working on?
Rebekka: I am currently working on a self-portrait that tries to express my pain and reflect on the situation I’ve experienced. Still, I need strength for that, and that is why I am also working on a happy picture with colors and peonies – my favorite flowers.
Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?
Rebekka:Pierre Auguste Renoir is the artist who has conquered my heart, but it is often Vincent van Gogh with his expressive style and brushstroke that inspires me. Gustav Klimt is a role model for me, too, especially in his handling of gold and the depiction of women who were painted so devotedly but also strong and passionately.
How do you see the inspiration for your work growing and changing?
Rebekka: The more I paint, the more a new style develops. I am happy to discover that I am on the way to find my very own personal style, which I have always found particularly challenging to create.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Rebekka: To me, it means conflict to offer and sell my pictures. I often feel a deep connection to my artworks; they are part of my memory, something like a painted diary. When I paint, I’m like in another world, a fantastic world full of colors and dreams. And giving strangers such a deep insight into my small, own fantastic world requires a great effort. BUT: but if the world doesn’t see my art, I feel like I’m not seen either. I want to reach, touch, create feelings, generate compassion, and give something back to others with my art. So, the best way to reach people interested in my artworks is to publish them on various media forms, social networks, and exhibitions…
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Rebekka: I am incredibly grateful that my artwork was discovered by the Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid. We started a collaboration, and they will display my art on the ART 3f in Luxembourg. Next month, in August, I will be in Monaco at Salon International, where I will show some of my artworks. I am also planning a small VIP Vernissage in a private villa that belongs to a friend of mine to which I will invite all my supporters, art lovers, and closest friends.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Rebekka: Not without reason, one speaks of “Art of living” or “Life artists,” at least in German word usage. Art has a serving purpose beyond art itself indeed.
Ultimately, art is a human expression of being. We all are searching for truth and knowledge, pleasure, and joy. These include the desire for beauty and enjoyment, the satisfaction of harmony and prudence, courage, and wit. In addition to the celebration of life, art must also express sadness, disappointment, or fear. Art is, therefore, much more than just self-purpose but can satisfy particular desires.
What’s next on the horizon for Rebekka?
Rebekka: I’m so hopefully waiting to be allowed to come to the USA after the corona crisis. I want to visit friends, find peace, and collect new inspirations. I am currently writing an autobiography that is very exhausting and takes a lot of strength. Nevertheless, I am incredibly grateful that painting and writing allow me to express myself profoundly.
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