Six questions for
Harry Hachmeister

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Harry Hachmeister.

Artist Harry Hachmeister

Lives in Berlin and Leipzig


How do you describe your own art practice?

I start quite intuitive without a big plan, or maybe with a subconscious plan deep inside me. There is also a desire to do something. During the process, things begin to make sense. In the end, everything will come together. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I’m mainly interested in bodies and identities. I think a lot about the difference between the outside and the inside and how we perceive each other. In my work, I try to find a playful way to deal with it.

What was your first experience with art?

My access to contemporary art was through photography. When I found out about Diane Arbus, Wolfgang Tilmans and Cindy Sherman, I was really happy. Before, I thought art is just big dark oil paintings that didn’t speak to me.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Probably myself, even if that sounds a bit narcissistic. Also, I am inspired by libraries, going to exhibitions, taking a shower, and in the moment right after waking up.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Time, peace and coffee

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I’m interested in artists who also deal with themselves. I really enjoyed the show of Anna Daučíková at Kunstwerke Berlin and the work of Lorenza Böttner, which was shown in Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart. Both exhibitions touched me very much.

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