对话 | 希尔德加德·汉森 Artist Interview: Hildegarde Handsaeme


《吻》布面丙烯 70x50x4cm 2020
Lekiss, acrylic on canvas, 70x50x4cm, 2020


《飞翔的爱人》布面丙烯 100x80x4cm 2011
Flying Lovers, acrylic on canvas, 100x80x4cm, 2011


《研究》布面丙烯 100x80x4cm 2011
Etude, acrylic on canvas, 100x80x4cm, 2011


《自由鸟》布面丙烯 100x80x4cm 2016
L’Oiseau de Liberté, acrylic on canvas, 100x80x4cm, 2016


Artist Interview: Hildegarde Handsaeme

Independent & Image Art Space: From what time did you feel you should express yourself with art, especially with painting? Were there any specific events inspired you to do it?
Hildegarde Handsaeme: What I can remember is that as a small child (about 5 years old) Isaw Picasso’s work. I was very impressed by this and the works got stuck inline.
At a later age, when I was in school, I remember a student in the class and his father was a painter, I made myself wondering how happy that painter should be!
I also always liked to sign.
Many years later, when I was 32 years old,I made my first drawing in a large format!

Independent & Image Art Space: We can always find female figures in your paintings, which deliver the message of love and tenderness. To you, what are the meanings of the theme(the female figures)?
Hildegarde Handsaeme: The woman is important to me. The natural biological construction of the woman is a real gift for creating new lines. A man is straight and therefore does not give as many options. With the feminine line I can go in all directions, it is endless. Moreover, the woman has always been central to the care, affection, concern and tenderness over the centuries, moreover, she is a very strong being. These are valuable properties that are much more dominant in the woman and this may therefore be accentuated.

Independent & Image Art Space: In an art world dominated by male artists, do you think is it necessary to identify yourself different from them, as a female artist? If yes, what are the differences in terms of art?
Hildegarde Handsaeme: As in almost all professions, it is also more difficult for women to manifest themselves in the art world. Men are taken more seriously.

Independent & Image Art Space: Could you please let us know what’s your work-day like?
Hildegarde Handsaeme: My day starts with a quiet breakfast and news. Afterward, I check my emails and a lot of time is put into promoting myself online.
When a new work is made, there is still a lot of time to make a good photo that needs to be further edited to be posted online.
In the afternoon some sketches are put on paper. Depending on the day to day, a constructive line is quickly or not quickly found that seems to be worth developing further.
The sketch is then enlarged on a larger sheet of paper to finally bring a final design on good paper.
The making of a painting is done in the same way, except that the sketches are only drawn on a medium-sized paper. Itis therefore not so easy to draw the design in large format. Afterward, find out which colors combine best.
Painting a canvas takes many days, especially when one strives for perfection to display the colors as evenly as possible. This requires many layers and white is a very difficult color to get even.
My day ends with checking emails again and replying to them.

Independent & Image Art Space: What do you paint recently? Do you have any new working plan?
Hildegarde Handsaeme: My last painting is Amourette. Finding a new line is always a fun challenge.