Belgian born Perth based artist Stephanie Reisch’s art references pre-history, shamanistic practices and primal landscapes. Her abstract forms are created using oil paints, natural pigments and ground substrates. Through her work Stephanie seeks to take the viewer beyond physical and instinctual responses, to create a deeper more subconscious connection.
Enjoy Getting to Know Stephanie Reisch…
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realize you had talent?
I think it was more about realizing that being creative wasn’t negotiable! I’ve always felt compelled to explore outlets for my creativity on a daily basis and I am fortunate to have family and friends who continue to be supportive of my idiosyncrasies.
Where did you learn your art?
I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia.
What inspires you most?
Prehistory. Primal Landscapes. The unseen and the unknown. Natural phenomena. My work is deeply entrenched in the mysteries and power of the natural world, both past and present.
What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?
My work strives to connect with the viewer beyond the visual and transport them to a place where mind, memory, space and substance converge. I’m trying to immerse the viewer in forms that meld physical landscapes with intangible mindscapes; paintings that are as experiential as they are material and ephemeral as they are corporeal. All my paintings herald ancient forces in one way or another.
Describe your studio…
I have a private studio within a large warehouse located in Burswood. It is bright, spacious and filled with interesting natural curios that I have collected over the years such as animal skulls, plants and intriguing rocks. There is a large purple couch at the far end of the room that I refer to as ‘Procrastination Point’. I spend a lot of time reflecting on the progress of a painting from back there.
Describe your typical day of creating art
I am not a morning person by choice so I tend to get in around midday and work until 5pm or so. Then I go home for a while and head back in around 10pm. Quite often I’ll stay until the sun comes up if I’m working towards a deadline. Nighttime is my preferred time to work as the world is asleep and everything is quiet.
What mediums do you use and why?
Although I also work across drawing, sound and digital media my practice is predominantly situated in painting. I work with oils on canvas and in recent years have developed a fascination for working with natural pigments and obscure grounds and substrates. Overall I love the complexity and durational properties of oil paint.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a new body of work for a solo show in September with Linton & Kay, a couple of private commissions and developing ideas from a recent residency at Curtin University.
What are your recent career achievements you feel proud of?
2018 was a big year for me with two major solo exhibitions, two artist residencies and a number of group shows and corporate commissions. Towards the end I was feeling pretty exhausted but also proud of what I had accomplished. It is important that I continue to feel challenged and stimulated in my line of work so I like to take on multiple projects at one time. It was also really nice to receive a feature article in Artist Profile Magazine and have my work recognized at a national level.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love all the highs and lows of being an artist. It’s a raw and humbling experience that demands authenticity. Being able to take my dogs into work is also pretty great.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?
On the national gallery circuit and hopefully exhibiting internationally as well. I’d love to be curated into some major shows and present my work to a broader audience.