The Heroine’s Journey of Christine Koch

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I feel my work isn’t work at all, but pleasure. What I do is my life. It’s everything I want. I’m totally in agreement with myself, when I make my things. That’s feels good.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? To do what I want, whenever I want and whereever I want. It would be perfect if I could do what I wanted and if I wouldn’t have to think about money. If the right people really wanted to have something from me and would like to pay me for it.

What is my greatest fear? Sometimes I’m a little scared that I may be poor in old age and will not be able to live freely. I’m increasingly learning to let my fear go away. But I’m convinced that nothing will happen to me. That’s in my own hands.

What trait of myself do I dislike most? I regret to have found my freedom as late as at the age of seventy, when I have found my full creative energy and power.

Which living persons in my profession do I admire most? I adore the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. He follows his inner voice. His creations convey clearity and soul, and in these rooms something is swinging. It is ZEN. (?…soul as well as a feeling of inner vibration, similar to ZEN.)

What is my greatest extravagance? I believe in the luxury of doing only what I like. The everyday life with all the troubles and sorrows is my passion …

On what occasion would I lie? I admit my own weaknesses. I can not remember having ever lied to adults.

What do I dislike most in my work? The marketing side.

When and where have I been really happy in my work? Working at my favorite place by the sea and if someone calls and wants to buy something! I’m happiest when I have a big and bold creative idea, something I have never done before – and if I have an excellent result! Yeah!

What would I change about myself if I could? I would like to have a thicker skin! But, on the other hand, my sensibility provides the material for my work …

What is my greatest achievement in work? I handle everything what I want.

Where would I like most to live? I would like to live in a small apartment in the city and a small apartment by the sea. Life and silence. Urban and nature.

What is my most treasured possession? Small things which convey memories. Pieces of art made by my sons.

What is my most marked characteristic? Open and mobile mind, ideas, courage, love for beautiful things, inquisitiveness, authenticity

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Old factory buildings, abandoned houses, the bridge over the river, places with traces of history excavations, pits with old cellar walls…

What books have influenced my life and how? Werde verrückt – Go crazy / Veit Lindau.

Who are my favorite writers? Peter Bieri, Philosoph (Pascal Mercier), Anaiis Nin, Simone de Bauvoir, C.G. Jung, Elias Canetti, Tiziano Terzani, Stefan Zweig …

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Händel, Mozart, Bach, Blues, Beatles, Sting, Leonhard Cohen, birds in the forest, water on the beach over the stones ….

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Women who have simple and hard jobs, sometimes two jobs for money, several children and who nevertheless keep smiling …

What role is playing art in my life and work? Art helps me to compensate what is incomplete in life. Work helps me in overcoming pain and oppression.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner ? My real friends and online fans in the world.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Jorge Gonzales (Coach, Trainer, Choreograf, Stylist, Model – Nuklearökologe). He is Cuban and is living in Hamburg.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Annie Leibowitz/USA and Herlinde Kölbl/Germany. Two fascinating female photographers.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? A new fotobook on a very specific theme. With this and some other books from me I will go to a bookfair next year.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? At the Exhibition Kuchenhaus Langenweißbach where 26 pictures on aluminium, textile and paper will be shown. (23.3. – 31.8.2018) Cutouts from my work you find on my Website, FB and Instagram.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? My creativity is my passion. Passion is always present. Passion drives me out of bed in the morning. Passion gives me joy. Passion makes my life liveable.

How can you contact me?
www.das-andere-sehen.de
https://www.facebook.com/christine.koch.1291
https://www.instagram.com/christinekoch1949/
info@das-andere-sehen.de

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