After a morning rehearsal, my singing colleague Caroline Fuss and I sit down and have lunch together in Zürich. It is a hot summer day and we casually start talking about her art.
Born near Paris, she had always been fascinated by the world of painting. Only as recently as 2006 did she made the conscious decision to take the first step towards becoming a visual artist. Gradually, this has become a natural and essential way of expressing herself. Everything she sees and perceives now feeds her need to paint.
To Caroline, painting is not only about spreading colours on a canvas. She digests all she sees, feels and memorizes in slow conscious and subconscious processes. She needs this element to be able to feel completely free in front of a canvas. After her initial explorations she decided to stop using images and photos for her work, but rather wanted her subconscious to unfold itself with its rich reservoir of images, colours, emotions and impressions. When beginning a new picture, she has a vague direction in mind. Layer after layer this direction becomes clearer. Meanwhile she keeps an open mind about the outcome. She works daily in her studio, so she can feel an intimacy, a fusion between herself and her art work.
Painting in series is her preference as only then she can feed her obsession with a topic. Currently, she has developed three series: Salzburg, Zürich and Self-portraits. This allows her to go further and further into her sensations, memories and subconscious; as well as to develop her painting techniques.
Caroline’s favoured mediums are oil and acrylic. She often uses her hands and whole body to create the movement she wants. She paints on medium to large-scale canvasses. She especially likes the soft, tactile sensation of oil paint – building layer on layer, creating depth and dimension.
Artists Caroline is inspired by:
1) Zao Wou-ki – for his lyrical abstract art and his use of oils
2) Anselm Kiefer – for his multi-layered, large-scale works and his installations
3) Les Fauves – a group of artists, especially Kees van Dongen, for his strong, pure colour expression
She is inspired by following techniques: construction, deconstruction and fusion.
Caroline’s challenge is to achieve recognition and excellence. She strives to connect deeply with the observer’s emotions and intellect.
Next exhibition: American Women’s club – Höschgasse 38, 8008 Zürich from 3 January – 26 February 2017.
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