Six questions for
Romina Abate

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Romina Abate.

Artist Romina Abate
Lives in Cologne & Kassel, Germany

How do you describe your own art practice?

My approach is that of a process. I often find an object in the street, then explore it performatively with a camera in the studio. The photos or videos thus generated I combine with drawings, various materials, text and visual media and mount them into installations. Research-based reading and publishing art books accompany my practice.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Which meanings, notions or concepts of action are intertwined with objects in various contexts? Which connotations and associations do they afford and how can these be expanded? My works examine phenomenologically the loose relationships between different entities and their multiplicity of meanings on the formal, metaphorical and linguistic planes. Inner as well as outer movement, self-empowerment and (dis-)orientation are recurrent themes.

What was your first experience with art?

My first encounter with art was shaped by great curiosity as well as uncertainty. Everything that came my way during my studies was new and oddly appealing. Miriam Cahn’s work, the vulnerability and strength that radiate from her works, moved me deeply during my undergraduate studies.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I love the sea. I very much enjoy looking at art. I find reading and browsing art books, lexicons, novels and specialised scholarly literature a great source of inspiration. I consider aimless rummaging and discovery in second-hand shops an adventure.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need time and quiet, and a studio with lots of space to myself. It is also important to me to have confidence in what I’m doing and to be continually curious about what I’m faced with in the process.

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