HENRIKE GOMBER’S ENGLISH IS NOT SO PERFECT BUT THIS IS NOT THE POINT. SHE HAS A MULTI SKILLS: SHE WAS FIRST A CERAMIC ARTIST, DESIGNER, MOSTLY DIGITAL AND CONCEPTUAL ARTIST. NOW HENRIKE IS A PAINTER. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT HER SPECIAL SOUL READING OUR INTERVIEW.
Who is Henrike?
Henrike always sits a little between the chairs or dances on the tightrope. There is life between light and dark, big and small, reality and vision. When the tension exceeds a limit, it retreats into solitude. Henrike is a woman, a mother of three and grandmother, a person with the need to shape. All activities that give you the freedom to bring in your own thoughts and feelings are worth tackling with fun and dedication.
Tell us something special about your life.
My name is unique in the world. :-)
Your favorite artist/painter.
I love the shadows of Giacometti figures.
The perfection of Brancusi.
Max Beckmann’s faces.
De Chirico ‘s empty landscapes.
The timelessness of Modigliani.
Kees van Dongen, Klee, Jawlenski.
The diversity of artistic expression and always Picasso.
Your favorite artistic period and why.
The early Middle Ages and the 20/30th Century. In the Middle Ages, art changed from the individual to the spiritual, the perspective is missing, the meaning of the person leaves the individual becomes symbol. The 20/30 years are a kind of French revolution for me. Aggressive, wild, merciless in their view of society, yet highly sensitive. The blood boils again, the art is courageous and expands.
Picasso or Amedeo Modigliani?
I love Modigliani. Picasso is a genius.
What about your past as designer and trend scout?
As a designer and trend scout you can design things that feel “right” or “suitable” for a few people. I had to develop and train Empathy and Intuition. Reflection as a common thread to get to know the wishes and dreams of the people. In retrospect, a good way to my painting. Feeling and expression both individually and universally understood.
The people you paint are imaginary or alive?
Real or invented people. The face shows real emotions and life stories. There are no concrete people in my painting but the desire to discover the own views, unconscious aspects of the personality or to see a new perspective.
Where do you take inspiration?
Always from the encounter and the reflection. The perception of one’s own and other’s dreams, pain, yearning, touching play and seriousness. The messages from you to me, from me to you.
Your favorite places ever.
The street café, the subway, the airport, a concert.
Your favorite city.
Milan in the early evening with a glass of wine, olives and chips and the life on the street. Marseille on a long walk past graffiti to the Calanques. Frankfurt, I feel at home there.
Your favorite mix of colors.
Color is not about the concrete tone or the material. It’s about the correspondence and the overlapping. What happens between opaque areas and transparency. The areas between light and dark, fine and coarse, what happens at the borders and overlaps. All colors are welcome.
What do you do after the interview?
I’ll take a coffee and a cigarette watching the day saying goodbye.