I made a studio visit yesterday and although I can not reveal anything about it yet, my mind is still set on this theme of artist at work. Many of the artists and designers I admire, some of which I have personally met, when it comes to their own personal style, are committed to some sort of a uniform. By keeping their outfits as incospicuous as possible, they make sure they are not distracted from their creative work. And they invariably stick to what suits them best, thus channeling their attention to what really interests them, their art.
The name of Christiane Spangsberg sprang immediately to mind. The Copenhagen-based artist and her Picasso-like, Fauvist-inspired drawings have become something of a sensation; everybody in fashion and design seems to be talking about her. Her NYC exhibition, held this June, sold out almost immediately. I personally discovered Christiane’s work on Instagram, one of those moments when you feel your consciousness has been awaken, when you find yourself intrigued by what you see, realising you are in the presence of the new: a distinctive voice, a fresh aesthetic. The simplicity and complexity of it, the sense of curiosity it evokes, that deep signature blue paint. That being said, I never try to explain art, really, not even that which I like, because I believe art to be very subjective, and every one understands it differently.
Veering towards fashion and style now (Spangsberg has even had a collaboration with J.V.Reid, a London fashion brand), it comes as no surprise that Christiane’s personal style expresses minimalistic and clean lines: blue jeans, white shirts, denim shirts. “I mostly work from home – where I feel most safe – and where I can relax”, she was telling an interviewer. Just the bare essentials, removing everything that’s unnecessary. “Sometimes we have a tendency to add more: color, forms, water etc. I want to remove, let the materials and form speak for themselves,” she said in another interview about her work. I think it is her lifestyle philosophy as well. Christiane Spangsberg is an artist with a beautiful soul. Her next project will be in partnership with The Danish Cancer Society, ending with an exhibition in Copenhagen at the end of the year. The money from the sales will be entirely donated to the breast cancer prevention.
photos: 1,2-Frederikke Norgard, 3-Christiane Spangsberg artwork, 4-Louise Veng