Kinga Britschgi, 1963 | Surrealist painterKinga Britschgi is a Hungarian artist living in the United States. She is best known for her magical digital images that always have some dark surrealistic elements. She was born in Nagyatád, Hungary and moved to the U.S. in 1995. She has a degree in Fine Arts (graphic design), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and Elementary Education.Her works were published in numerous professional publications and in 2013 Adobe chose her as one of the artists in their ‘New Creatives’ campaign.She lives with her husband and son in Boise, Idaho.– I earned a degree in Elementary Education, including Art Education and also in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For a long time I had a very hard time deciding which direction I wanted to take. In Hungary, it seemed to be teaching English and some art, in the United States, it is mainly art with some teaching.I try to make art a daily ritual or at least a daily engagement. Although I usually define myself as a collage-painter and block printer, I have mainly four areas of interest: collages (in a broad sense; as I am also attracted to assemblage, bricollage and such things), block printing, artist books and computer graphics.I create my pieces from “found objects.” Mainly old ephemera, books, charms, photos, nature’s treasures, fabric and a lot of other sources. I also have innumerable rubber stamps. I am a “metallic” fan: gold, copper, silver, bronze.Lately I have returned to some of my old college routines: oil paintings, some watercolor and pencil drawings. My favourite and always returning motif is the female nude in many, many forms.As I also write (unfortunately much less lately than I used to) I often use my writings as a starting and/or inspiring point. I create either a ‘visual writing chunk’ (when the actual words, their physical appearance, have vital parts in the finished piece) or merely an illustration for the chosen sentences.Recently, while I was drawing for one of my newer collages, I stopped and started to think: why do I not draw/paint a ‘whole-story’ picture? (You know: women are sitting in a sun-lit forest chatting; little cottage on a river bank or even a portrait; you know what I am talking about.) Why do I feel the urge of pasting bits and pieces to / at / below / above / through my seemingly unfinished drawings / paintings and finish them in this way, creating a collage? It is not because I could not paint or draw an ‘epic’ picture, I guess. It is because I do not think in a linear way, and because I always want to express much more than I ever could in any other ‘linear‘ form. I am not saying other directions are wrong; what I mean is, that for the ultimate and only way of my self-expression is the collage form with its unbelievable freedom.I am a very slow artist; in this context it means that although collage seems to be a very improvisational form, for me it is a very, very serious, bittersweet battle: when I finish my piece I can tell you exactly why I have chosen a certain piece of paper or why I attached that label or why I positioned that rusty piece of metal just there. What I mean is, yes, even if I hate this term, my pieces do have some message; on the other hand I am the last person who expects anyone to ‘go for’ this message. But it is extremely important for me to create purposefully; to know what I do and why exactly I do that in that certain piece. I do believe that in this way I create something that is worth looking at, ‘deeper‘ than a decoupage (“a surface decoration“). And I do believe that even if my ‘message’ cannot be discovered sometimes, the piece can put up with time for a long while and please people as it is being born out of a painful but extremely joyful creative process.I do not like the term, “fast and easy to make.” I think it is always very hard to make something meaningful and in a lot of cases it is a long and frustrating process. But this is exactly what is most beautiful about being an artist.In the future, I am planning to go back to school and study printing and book arts.Kinga Britschgi è una talentuosa artista professionista Ungherese, che vive dal 1995 negli Stati Uniti. Lavora nei media digitali e in quelli tradizionali, realizzando opere per racconti, illustrazioni, stampe artiche, ecc.
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