What is about your studio space that inpires you?
The wonderful feeling of freedom, to be myself, the courage and the challenge express my heartstrings. The brain work and the awareness.
What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?
It´s different. Sometimes all kind of music. Often I prefer the silence.
What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?
Acrylic paint on canvas with black and white color.
What themes do you pursue?
I often treat historical themes like industrialization, the history of the European witch-hunt in the early modern times, wars, the historical background of our civilizations, the christianization and its consequences. Social group of themes like child abuse. Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Neglect. In general themes like social marginalization. Philosophy, psychology and literature.
What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?
During my study I have appreciated the freethinking teaching very much. The education by Horst Antes was outstanding. We have learned examine and scrutinize things. We have learned cogitate over our works together. The group / community was always very important . I am deeply grateful.
If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?
The works will find their own way.
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A painting of Francis Bacon.
If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?
This is an unthinkable mental image. I don´t like think longer about this state of emergency. Have tried other things for a very short time yet. It is not possible. It is like a curse. I am an artist. If I like it or not.
What are your favourite places besides your studio?
Nature, a forest with glades in a hillocked landscape.
AMANDA M. JANSSON
Christian Moeller / based in Berlin / is a painter very different from the rest. All his work is basically in black and white. Strange as it might seem this lack of colour manages to captivate the eye like nothing you’ve ever seen! Initially inspired by nocturnal landscapes, his work is like a diary, recollecting atmospheres, light, places, emotions, items and thoughts
KALTBLUT: Your paintings are very modern yet almost classic. How do you explain that? What kind of feelings do you bring into them?
Christian: I was never concerned how they come across. They just happened. Of course I’m always trying reach the deepest core of myself and get rid of anything unnecessary. They help me be true to myself and endure this world
KALTBLUT: You are living in Berlin, what kind of inspiration does this city offer you?
Christian: Berlin has always been there for me. People have been forced think and rethink a lot because of the history, especially the last 100 years. This has created some open space I really appreciate. Meanwhile Berlin becomes more and more a stupid stuffy city. Related to my work Berlin´s influence is only indirectly
KALTBLUT: Why are you so fond of black n white? What do u see in it that colour can’t offer you?
Christian: In the beginning I painted cemeteries, industrial landscapes, places at night. It wasn’t my intention work only in black and white. I like colours but I don’t miss them in my work. Their absence allows more room for the freedom of shape
KALTBLUT: Tell us a little about your recent exhibition in the Terrace Neue Nationalgalerie?
Christian: The exhibition is called “Heiland von Ungericht”. The opening was scheduled for the 9th of November intentionally. It is the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Heiland” is a German royal title for Jesus Christ. The word “Ungericht” doesn’t exist anymore, it was a part of the German legal history. It stands for penance, sacrifice and high fines.
q)What is your name?
q) Where do you live and work?
a)In Berlin, Germany
q)What is your creative process like?
q)What is your favorite medium?
a)Acrylic paint on canvas with black and white colouring
q)What is your current favorite subject?
a)For a long time I have been busy scrutinise the dark side and the
abysses of the human existence. The point is show relentlessly the things behind the things,
or better show the things behind the language.
But certainly in the process the painting is at all times my favorite subject.
q)How long does it take for you to finish a piece?
a)That is different
q)What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
a)To be myself
q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love?
a)There are really such in numbers
q)Anything that people should know about that we don’t??
a)No day without buttermilk!
q)What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?
a)The very best is face up to oneself fears.
q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?
a)To win is to lose – to lose is to win
q)How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?
a)People who can't do anything with my work, I can´t explain them nothing too. It is out of our hands.
q)What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?
a)Stand up in the morning with the consciousness and the feeling start working
q)Is there a tool or material that you can’t imagine living without?
a)Brushes of every description, black and white colour and canvas
q)What inspires you to create?
a)The wonderful feeling of freedom, to be myself, the courage and the challenge express my heartstrings. The brain work and the awareness
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