对话 | 海基丁·冈瑟 Artist Interview | Heikedine Günther

独立映像:你一直都想成为艺术家吗?
海基丁·冈瑟:是的,我一直想成为艺术家,或者自然疗法医生。小的时候,我就有很多创意。比如说,我父母出差的时候,我就把房子的很大一部分做了改建。当我有机会自由发挥创造力时,我一定会抓住机会:我一直想要一个蛋形的房间;我把父母的衣服裁剪成我能穿的样子;我甚至自己画酒标,再把它贴在原来的酒标上面。

独立映像:你的“核心”系列是从什么时候开始的?到现在画了多少幅了?
海基丁·冈瑟:我曾在汉堡美术学院学习绘画。2004年,我按照卡尔·荣格的方法对自己的内在潜能做了一次“积极想象”。这是我第一次看见自己的内在核心。从那一天起,我开始绘制“核心”绘画。随着时间作品变得越来越抽象,因为“核心”可以代表许多不同的事物。从最初的茅塞顿开,我逐渐发展出一套哲学思考。
哦,我有时真的很惊讶自己竟然有这么多作品。所有以“核心”命名的绘画我都按顺序编号,现在已经有434张油画了。在此之外,还有一两张很棒的独幅版画。
我还有一些毛毡制品、雕塑、服装作品。“只要你需要,你就能创造空间。”每一件作品都以专业的方式建立档案、拍照留存。我看到自己画册的时候,是真的感受到时光的流逝。

《核心No.265》 布面油画 90x110cm 2019
Core No. 265, oil on canvas, 90x110cm, 2019
《核心》No.272 布面油画 130x110cm 2019
Core No. 272, oil on canvas, 130x110cm, 2019

独立映像:你说“我试着在所有事物中看到‘核心’,它存在于所有事物中”。对你而言,绘画作品的“核心”是什么?
海基丁·冈瑟:核心可以是任何事物!核心是对生存的渴望。核心可以是坚果、种子、你的内在自我、宇宙、细胞,还可以是很多很多事物。核心是所有文化和宗教潜力的象征。
在我的核心绘画中,我涉及了某些文化和哲学主题。
例如,石头是一个非常有趣的话题。这块石头是从哪座山上来的?它走哪条路来的?数百万年后,它最终如何出现在我的手中?微观世界和宏观世界是我作品中的重要话题,二元的、非二元的都是。我将力量,包括吸引力、排斥力和潜力抽象化。一切都是一次又一次无休止地意识上的变化。

独立映像:在核心绘画中,你认为色彩和形式扮演着怎样的角色?
海基丁·冈瑟:颜色是情感,颜色是振动。颜色和形式相互支持,最终共同创造出绘画。
我会混合出我自己的颜色,色彩让我着迷。它们存在于我的大脑中和心中。所以,混合色彩对我来说是件轻松的事,因为我能在脑海中看见混合出来的颜色。

独立映像:最近几个月有什么新的灵感吗?
海基丁·冈瑟:对于新作品,我有很多新灵感,也画了一些素描。
疫情期间,我尤其关注这些主题:光明与黑暗、二元性与非二元性、连接,还有柏拉图式的身体。我会把新的作品集发送给你们,从中可以了解我目前的工作。
我的下一个大型项目是“艺术家的书”(Livre d’artiste)。这会是一本大书,收录描绘“核心循环”的一些独幅版画。
我还有许多已经用黄金打底的帆布,正等着我绘制新的核心。

《核心No.304》 布面油画 110x165cm 2019
Core No. 304, oil on fleece, 110x165cm, 2019
《核心No.305》布面油画 165x110cm 2019
Core No. 305, oil on canvas, 165x110cm, 2019

Artist Interview: Heikedine Günther

Independent & Image Art Space: Did you always want to be an artist?
Heikedine Günther: Yes, I always wanted to be an artist, or a naturopathic doctor. Even as a child, I have always been very creative. For example, I remodeled great parts of my parents’ house when they were away for business trips. This was always the time, when I finally had free reign to let my creativity flow: I always wanted an egg-shaped room; I cut and tailored my parents’ clothes so they would fit me; I would even create and paint wine labels and stick them over the old ones.

Independent & Image Art Space: From what time did you begin your core paintings? How many pieces have you done until now?
Heikedine Günther: I have studied painting at the HFBK in Hamburg. In 2004, I did an active imagination, in the fashion of C. G. Jung’s method, to my inner potential. This was the first time, that I saw my inner core. From this day on, I started painting cores. Over the time, the paintings developed into more abstract forms, as the “core” can represent many different things. From this initial epiphany that I had a philosophy developed.
Oh, I’m always surprised myself how many artworks I have. All the core paintings’ titles depict the inventory number. I’m currently at 434 oil paintings. Now on top of that, from this oil painting, there are always one or two very good monotype prints.
Then there are also felt objects, sculptures, clothes etc. “You make space, where you need it.” Everything is professionally documented and photographed. So, when I look at my work
catalogue, that is when I really feel the flow of time.

Independent & Image Art Space: You say you “try to see the “core” in and of everything”. What do you think is the “core” of your paintings?
Heikedine Günther: The core can be anything! The core is the longing for existence. The core can be a nut, a seed, your inner-self, the cosmos, a cell, and the list could go on. The core is a symbol for potential in all cultures and religions.
In my core paintings I engage certain cultural and philosophical topics.
For example, stones are a super interesting topic. From which mountain does this stone originate from? What was its path? How did it end up in my hands, after millions of years? Microcosm and macrocosm are great topics in my work, as well as duality and non-duality. I’m abstracting powers- powers of attraction, repelling forces and potential. Everything is a never-ending change in awareness- over and over again.

Independent & Image Art Space: What roles do you think colours and forms play in your core paintings?
Heikedine Günther: Colours are emotions, colours are vibrations. Colours and form support each other and ultimately create the painting together. I also mix my own colours, I’m addicted to colours. They are in my head and my heart. So, the mixing comes easy to me, as I can already see the finished colours in my head.

Independent & Image Art Space: Do you have any new inspirations in recent months?
Heikedine Günther: I have many new inspirations and sketches for new works of art.
My topics during the pandemic are: light and darkness, duality and non-duality; connections; and platonic bodies. I will send you the brand-new portfolio to give you an idea of what I’m currently working on.
My next big project is a “Livre d’artiste”. It is a big book of monotypes depicting the “Cycles of the Core”.
There are many, already gold primed, canvases just waiting to lay the foundation for a new core.