“Having confidence in the image. And somehow also letting go.”
Artist Anne Rosinski on her art, her life, and being an artist.
Visual artist Anne Rosinski will be exhibiting at the Full Moon Gallery of the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. starting Sept. 21, 2021, under the title “Beyond the Drawing.” We interviewed her before the vernissage and got an exciting insight into her work as an artist.
Anne Rosinski’s art is a dialogue. A dialogue between paper and material, light and shadow, concrete and structural dissolution. This dialogue lies in the very nature of her materials. Rosinski uses graphite for her drawings. At first glance, this often appears gloomy, as she is often told: “There’s always been an affinity for the material. Maybe also because it’s so gloomy and so silvery on the other side. It’s not just black, it’s not just gray, there are all different shades of gray and they tell a story; it’s a very deep material.” The paper literally soaks up the graphite, especially when she uses it in solution. Therefore, taking care of the paper, the “light,” is all the more significant. Her works are difficult to revise during the painting process; working with graphite allows for few mistakes. “I also have to endure this process. As soon as I lose the light, the picture is gone,” the artist explains.
“I don’t need a lot of colors to explain. I need different shades of gray and they explain themselves.”
The use of a third component loses up her paintings. Until recently, this was the color gold: “I think gold does us all a bit of good — if we gild ourselves. Right now, I’m stuck on offset color, which is rosé and red.” Anne Rosinski’s accentuated addition of color gives her works closeness. She sees the tensions that the red tones, in particular, evoke as a tightrope walk between glazing-gentle and brute, thus opening up a broad spectrum of associations for the viewers of her works. Rosinski also wants to give the same kind of space through the structure of her works: “I’m currently trying to expand from this very concrete into a structural dissolution so that discoveries are possible. That it’s not just given, but that you can expand, both in the landscapes and in the figures.”
Anne Rosinski began with figurative painting and collage. However, as her personal development progressed, her interest in landscape painting grew, which now manifests itself in the depiction of inner landscapes. She is fascinated by the inner worlds of people and the fragility that can be found both in us and in nature. The real effects of these inner worlds, on the other hand, continue to be found in her figurative painting. There she places a focus on the embrace, a theme that has preoccupied her especially since the COVID-19 pandemic: “because [the embrace] can be found so seldom, it’s super present with me right now.” Her figurative works are therefore mostly created with models. Her aspiration to convey the emotional worlds of the embrace as authentically as possible through her work is best achieved when she can work directly with people. She also often draws her inspiration for the interior landscapes directly from nature: as a native of Stralsund, she is always drawn to the landscapes of her home. Some works are therefore created directly on-site, others she takes back to her Dresden studio as schematic impressions.
“Especially in art, the drawing is often seen as a sketch, but that is absolutely not the case with me, and I burn for that. That the drawing itself is also perceived as a work of art.”
Rosinski doesn’t really have a ‘favorite’ painting, though: “Mostly it’s the most recent painting because that’s where I put everything I couldn’t do before.” When a painting is finished it is always a dialogue with herself, she describes. It comes down to the “point of being finished,” the feeling of letting go. This “point of being finished” has accompanied her ever since she decided to become an artist.
Rosinski is not a trained artist. Even though she discovered her passion for art early on, her entry into the art world via the classic path of an art academy didn’t work out. Her path led her into occupational therapy, but she soon felt the urge to want to work creatively. After some time, she trained as a graphic designer, after which she worked for a longer time as an illustrator in the advertising industry until she decided for herself that this was not her path. She attended independent art schools “and so I sort of put the modules together myself until I became what I am now. And now I would say, I am an artist, even though I don’t have a degree.” With this point of view, her paintings grow, Rosinski describes, “Art doesn’t have to come from ability, but from within, from feeling that way.”
“As an artist, you really need good mental stability.”
Rosinski only recently completed her training as a resilience coach. The Corona pandemic showed her that mental resilience is an underappreciated topic in our society. As an artist, she has long been aware of the value of mental stability: “As an artist, you really need good mental stability. You’re being judged, rated, there’s no medium, which is low-threshold. You have to apply and then a jury looks over it. You go to the art market and you are judged and evaluated: by the stand, by your factor, by the sale, also by the quality. And to stay creative in between, between all these frames, I can only do that by being stable within myself.” Rosinski found that stability not only through her knowledge as an occupational therapist but also through research into yoga and breathing exercises. Becoming a resilience trainer was then only a logical conclusion.
Anne Rosinski’s path to art took a circuitous route, but she didn’t lose sight of herself in the process. She advises people who choose a life in and with art to build networks and find synergies. But even she doesn’t have a patent remedy for being an artist: “If that’s what you’d like to do because it gives you fulfillment, then, by all means, fight for it and then see what comes up. Like that, maybe.”
The visual artist Anne Rosinski exhibits from 21.09.2021 under the title “Beyond the Drawing” in the Full Moon Gallery of the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. With her works, she shows the drawing itself in its diversity from experimental dissolution to concrete representation. The exhibited works reflect Rosinski’s personal associations with the full moon and reflect its cyclicality and richness of facets.
Author Michael König