[studiobscure] Claudia Six + interview

I don’t know about you, but I am always enchanted when I enter an artist’s studio. Unfortunately the vast majority of artists I like, live far away from me, but I thought that living in the internet era could maybe help me to peek inside the spaces of some of the artists I got in touch since I started this blog and my little shop.

I’ll be asking some friends to send me pictures of their studios (and by studio I mean entire rooms, but also a small corner or a desk) and to answer a few questions about how they relate to their working spaces.

In this first post of the series that I decided to call [obscurestudios], I had the pleasure to virtually visit Claudia Six’ studio, in Austria. I previously published only an [enchantment] post about her, so this is also a good occasion to know more about her art and her magic world made, puppets, dolls, other strange creatures and imaginary forests.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

1) Hi Claudia, can you make a brief description of who you and your art? And what is your current project?

I call myself an escape artist because I create a world which is an antithesis to the world around me and I invite people to come into my world, be it through installations, performances, illustrations, sculptures or theatre. Also i am a huge fan of Harry Houdini and a firm believer that art itself can be a disappearing act.
Right now I am working on an installation called „Mama Fortuna“. Mama Fortuna is an ancient and wise, mystical creature who only leaves her home (no one knows where it is exactly) once in a hundred years. In my installation you can go and meet her. But before having the possibility to finally stand in front of her, you have to walk through her forest world and solve some riddles. Mama Fortuna herself is an “one on one” performance and I am building a life size puppet, and creating the forest world with different creatures living in it.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

2) Tell us about your studio: are you a messy artist with a lot of tools lying around in no particular order, or do you prefer having everything
clean and organized neatly?

I have to admit that I am quite neurotic about my studio (which is in my house). I need it to be very organized and clean otherwise I can’t think or work properly. There are times though when I am in the middle of a project, when things get out of hand and it’s so messy that I can’t even see the floor anymore. But I try to keep these periods of time short. I do regular sortings of the works in progress and when the project is finished, I clean the whole studio again to prepare it for the new project.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

3) These days it’s hard to separate digital and analogue activities. How is the balance between electronic devices and analog working
tools in your studio?

My studio is for analogue work only. I do have a computer, but it is in another room. I try to organize my time so that I have days where I am working focused in the studio and days that are dedicated to dealing with photographs, movies, social media activities or working at my website and stuff like that. But there are times when I am pacing between the two rooms, restless, with a feeling that I got nothing done.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

4) Name a couple of tools you could not live / work without?
My need for tools is quite basic I think. I need glue, scissors, needles and acrylic colour. That’s almost it, most of the time. And of course a lot of fabrics, but I really try to keep it simple.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

5) How important is the decoration of your studio, do you hang a lot of inspirational art on your walls?
Decoration in my studio is very important, almost in the same way as it is for the rest of the house. I spend a lot of time in my studio so I want it to be my creative haven. I do not have much inspiration stuff on the walls, though; I used to have a lot of things on the walls, but my studio is quite small and I enjoy the feeling of space so I put everything down because it looks bigger and cleaner without it. What I do have on the wall is a sort of diagram about my work. It has the essence of my art on it: the materials and colours I use, the feelings I want to create. So I can check back every time I am working on something new, if I am still on track. Sounds nerdy and not very creative I guess,  but it’s crucial for me.

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

Claudia Six, studio, puppets, work in progress, iamsixyouaresix, dark, obscure

I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit of Claudia’s studio, don’t forget to check her website to know more about her and to share this post on your favorite social channels.

Images © Claudia Six

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