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Discussing with Julia Camenzind

This week Insistrum features Julia Camenzind, a Vienna-based painter, digital artist and sculptress. I came across Julia's work while wondering inside Vienna's School of Fine Arts' studios on a recent trip and the unique character of her work passed through me like electricity. Maybe it was an emotional connection to the works or pure talent on her behalf. Whatever the reason, Julia is the artist you should get to know this week.

Keep reading and walk along with us on this bridge from Vienna to Athens.

As an art Student, which have been the greatest difficulties in your artistic journey on an

academic or career level?

I would say, finding confidence in my work. Without understanding your own art, how can you

expect the opinion of others to influence you? Though, it’s always been interesting to hear what

other Artists think of my Work. I’m very grateful for that.

How do you manage your time between creating new pieces, promoting your work, and

fulfilling any other commitments or obligations?

That is a good question, I don’t have a good answer to. I thrive in Chaos, so i tend to never have a

schedule for my day, other than my non-art work. The thing is, that it kind of works. I also have an

awful sleep cycle and stay up very very late. I learned that my creativity is at a high, when I'm sleep

deprived. So, yeah, obviously not a healthy way to manage time.

So, most of the time, i listen to my instincts telling me it’s time to create. It’s important to not have

anything else planned, that could distract you from committing 100% of your focus on what you’re

working on.

Me and Fred - Julia Camenzind

If you could collaborate with any artist, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

There are many Artists I admire. Collaborating is not really something I want to do with them, though, I would love to have a talk with Matthew Barney. His work has always been very fascinating to me. The Cremaster Cycle and his other works are just amazing. I would also love to work with a professor of mine, Eva Bodnar, who is just amazing in every aspect. Just listening to her talk about everything and nothing at the same time, gives me inspiration for my work.

And how do you balance the need to experiment and take risks with ensuring consistency

in your style?

It’s extremely important to always experiment with your work. Otherwise, it would get boring, for

you and for the spectators, pretty fast. I’ve been told many times, that if you want to get recognized you obviously have to be consistent in style. That's something I don’t subscribe to, honestly. Consistency in Style, at least in my case, comes naturally.

What role do you think technology and social media play in the contemporary art scene,

and how do you incorporate them into your practice?

Technology is a tool as are all the others, like a mirror or a brush. It can be used but is not necessary for progress, whether that be one's own or in general. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to create my digital Works, which are a big part of my Ouvre. Many contemporary Artist use it in many ways, and I'm always interested to find new ways to incorporate it. Social media, though, is another thing. If I'm honest, I haven't figured it all out yet. It’s also an ego problem, I think. To put yourself out there, especially on social media is a big step sometimes. I post my Work on Instagram, mostly to make a showcase of my digital Art. I want my work to be seen and that is an easy way to do it. And it definitely makes sense to show digital Art, well, digitally. Not only because it’s much more vibrant on a screen, but because it is a completely different viewing experience. Of course, there are many problems with it, such as copyright, for example. If considered putting watermarks on my art before, but I just can’t. Not for the audience, but for me.

Walk - Julia Camenzind

Can you share a memorable moment or funny anecdote from your artistic journey so far?

A memorable moment for sure was, when I got to see one of my works get auctioned off. To see it in person, and to feel like I made something someone -for whatever reason- wanted to buy, made me proud. A funny anecdote would probably be that time I had ripped off all my eyebrow hair when making a mask of my face with plaster. Since I come from sculpting, I did some experiments with death masks. Definitely learned to use Vaseline from that point on.

What are your plans for your artistic future?

I want to continue to make art, till I die. I want it to consume me whole one day. Till there is nothing left of me, other than the art I made. But for the foreseeable future, I will learn to tattoo after I'm done with Uni. I think a new creative outlet never hurt nobody. Also, I’m still unsure on how I should mix my digital and traditional practices. There are many ways to do it, but I need to feel secure in my choice, when I make it, so those would be my next plans.

We would like to thank Julia for being part of this and make sure to follow her artistic journey on Instagram (@juliacamenzind). If you are interested in buying her art, you can find it here.

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