The Heroine’s Journey of Michaela Zimmer

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
•       Its energy

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
•       Giving, receiving and sharing this energy

What is my greatest fear? 
•       Even though we are far from the original purpose of fear as an instinct, I still react according to nature and start running…..but preferably round a nearby lake! In my experience a lot of so-called fear is happening in our minds and can be fought physically.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
•       Could do with slowing down ……at least sometimes (:

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 
•       everyone who keeps up their work as an artist, who seriously research their topics, explore and push the work forward regardless.. Honour, success, rewards or money rarely outweigh the questioning and forging of new ground.. There are few who are brave enough and even less who are acknowledged for it. It’s those who I admire.

What is my greatest extravagance? 
•       Travelling on aeroplanes so frequently despite the consequences for the environment

On what occasion would I lie? 
•       I find that lying is often linked to cowardice, even though “truth” appears to be subjective by nature. I try to be brave enough to act and speak out sincerely.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 
•       I am lucky to work in a field that I believe is the most beautiful field in the world, including all its challenges

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
•       In the process of exchanging its energy

If I could, what would I change about myself? 
•       It’s little that we can change I believe, but in order to maintain the balance of development and inner contentment I regard the process of personal growth with and through others as a great gift and I am grateful to all close friends who have helped me on that way

What is my greatest achievement in work? 
•       I am not finished yet..there’s lots more to come

Where would I most like to live? 
•       Amongst friendly, warm-hearted, loving people. As for locations: rather the sea then mountains, simply for the wide horizon

What is my most treasured possession? 
•       I am quite suspicious about „owning“ and ownerships since I strongly believe that real treasure can only be experienced never possessed

What is my most marked characteristic? 
•       Movement …and accepting and welcoming change as a main condition of life

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 
•       Inspiration can be found anywhere I believe. It is a matter of being open to it. Traveling so much I draw inspiration from a lot of places and on the contrary to what one would expect it’s rarely the beautiful spots. Yesterday my plane was delayed for 3 hours which led me to discover a new area in an otherwise pretty familiar airport: miles of narrow corridors with fluorescent lightning and seemingly white walls. Someone had found an electric socket there to charge the phone…it was an image that stuck in my mind all the way back.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? 
•       I feel at home in many cities and everywhere I end up having a coffee or meal with interesting warm people becomes a favourite in a way

What books influenced my life and how? 
•       Honestly I have read far too many to decide on just a few, but agree that the good ones do influence life.  “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë and Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” certainly had some impact. “Sansibar or the last reason” by Alfred Andersch and Sten Nadolny’s “Discovery of Slowness” were milestones in early years.
I am enjoying reading “THE NIX” by Nathan Hill at present

Who are my favorite writers? 
•       Latest I-need-to-read-all-I-can-get hold-of were Zadie Smith, Italo Calvino, Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s also been rewarding to revisit Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Marina Zwetajewa.
Poetry – from Rilke to Michel Houellebecq never needs dusting in my bookshelf.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
•       None probably. Please don’t take that as ignorance but music has a very strong impact on me and I guess I would prefer quietness

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 
•       Lara Croft in the early game version of Tomb Raider

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 
•       My son

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
•       Ulysses‘ gaze by Theo Angelopoulos

What role plays art in my life and work? 
•       It IS my life

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 
•       Isn‘t that a bit much for one single person? Not sure I would want to push all that on to one human being, even if there would be (the) one

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? 
•       Passionate, positive and professional minds and souls all over the world and one special woman I am not going to reveal here

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? 
•       The development of my work, which is an ongoing hopefully everlasting project

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
•       In my galleries, my studio, at friend‘s and collector‘s houses, online…
Live at present in my gallery in Spain until end of September and also in a beautiful spot in the middle of London/Soho: the Century Club.
A group exhibition called “Raum XVII” coming up in September for Art Week Berlin will also feature my work.
Ah, and I will work with a group of wonderful young female colleagues on a performance/body/objects project next week.
I will try and keep my pages updated with information.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
•       I know what passion is, but what is „retirement“?

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 
list is on its way and we’ll hopefully see their stories here soon

How can you contact me?

interviews about my work

a review of the latest show at my gallery in London

the gallery pages (the spanish gallery actually with my show that’s still on now):

and last not least my collaboration with dancers:

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