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    Irene Maria Ganser

    Irene Maria Ganser

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I am born in Linz, Upperaustria in Austria.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    My first memory connected to the art world was an exhibition by Egon Schiele in the Lentos Museum Linz.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, I studied fashion design in Paris and Milan.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I love textures and colors.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    I am collecting ideas, infirmations from nature, architecture, music- everything what inspires me.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    There are either days in the workshop or in the studio – it depends on what I have to do.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I like the color gold very much and the transformation from a rough material in an elegant one.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    I work a lot with sandcasting, sometimes the mold making is very complicated.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    To find a job as an assistant of an artist or designer for some years to learn and study how they work.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    The Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop)

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Christian Lacroix, Kris Ruhs, Josef Hoffmann

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Vincenzo de Cotiis, Lindsey Adelman

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Christian Lacroix, Kris Ruhs, Valentin Loelman

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Creating jewels out of nature

    15. Is there anything you would like to add?

    I love structures

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    To do what I love and be surrounded by the persons I love

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    The current political situation in the world –  it seems to be very fragile and of course our environmental pollution

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Create a schedule that is to tight

    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Envy

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    Pollini

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Doing what I like

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Grateful, lucky

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Self-esteem

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    Honesty

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?

    Charm

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Can you make this

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    To memorize

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    More serenity

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Being an artist and having two children – juggling between these two

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    A tree

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Vienna, Paris, countryside

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My children, time 

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    War

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Creating something

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Persistance

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Loyality

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Bernhard Aichner, Hermann Hesse

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Alice

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Emilie Flöge

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    Doctors, scientists

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Elise, Florentina

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Bad taste

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    I don´t get as involved in the environment as I want

    29. How would you like to die?

    In peace

    30. What is your motto?

    Carpe diem

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