In the run-up to Art Trade, we introduce the participating artists by asking them some questions. Today: Carmen Schabracq, who is working on a book titled: 'Is your body the pedestal of your head?'
What does an artist do throughout the day?
I work in my studio or at a place related to the project I work on at that moment. Otherwise I'm strolling through the city, flea markets, looking for material and inspiration.
Which artwork (well-known or unknown) do you wish you had made yourself?
Hon en Katedral (1966) by Niki de Saint Phalle. A giant sculpture of a reclining woman, you can enter her body between her legs. I would love to make a sculpture which you can enter, and experience that space from the inside out. Now that I think of it I made a soft sculpture of a reclining woman with a big vagina as well. It wasn't inspired on Niki de Saint Phalle her work when I made it and you can't literally enter it, but maybe I should make a giant version of my Lilith!
What would you have become, if you weren’t an artist?
Why do you think Art Trade is a good idea?
Because you make people think about the value of an artwork in other terms then money.
What other projects are you working on?
I'm working on a book, a collaboration with a photographer. The book contains photographs of me wearing my masks and some texts, reflections on my work and is titled: 'Is your body the pedestal of your head?' I'm also working on a visual theatre play called ‘Sint Nicolaas, the sea and Virgin Carmen’ and I will participate in a group exhibition about masks in September.