SINAS SCHMIDT

@SINASSCHMIDT

While she is at the beginning of her career, her work stands for itself. She describes it as ‘Layers, Time, Curiosity’ which speaks volumes. 


Each piece explores memories, feelings and relationships, inter human feelings and looking back. The paint acts as a language from her to the viewer. The pieces work in a constant flux, and are fluid in their delivery. 


They bring joy and curiosity to the viewer, and a question as to deciphering their meaning.

  • INTERVIEW

    "My work is a lot of reflection."


     

    What do you want to say about your work?


    I want my work first and foremost to bring joy and curiosity to people. I'm interested in paint and these special moments it gives us- sometimes you just get these really special marks that make sense and really hit. I could look at them all day, from all different angles. They take me out of my head. I'm always searching for them. It is this child-like curiosity I love about painting, so I hope I can pass that on to the people that look at my things, so they get lost in the marks and get excited about exploring too, In the same way, that I've felt that in the making.

     

    My work is a lot of reflection.

     

    On memories, on feelings, on relationships of all sorts - interhuman relationships, love, hate, longing, looking back. The relationships between people and their environments, humans and the earth. Endings and beginnings, cycles. I just paint all the things that come with being. I see everything as one, so I aim to achieve a sense of wholeness and unity in my work. Painting is quite like meditating on certain subjects of life, but on a different level that's not as simply expressed verbally- hence the need to paint about it- its own language.

     

     


    How has your work developed throughout your career?


    My work is constantly changing and developing. Often it feels that every piece I make is a big stepping stone that moves me onto something fully new- everything is constant flux. I think the biggest change in my work has been that I've gotten less particular and precious about it. That's probably the best advice I've gotten- one of my very wise and amazing tutors told me to not be precious about painting, to just paint and send it without thinking. That's really changed everything for me. I don't want to put any expectations on the works, I like to not think about what's gonna happen, there is no way they have to look like anymore. I let go of the urge to control everything. They're free to be whatever. I've gained so much more trust in the process.

     

    What are your career highlights?


    I'm really at the beginning of my career, so there haven't been too many highlights in the professional realm! One thing that comes to mind though is when I was selected in the closer choice for an award last year and I set up a room with my work and the judges for the price came and questioned me about my work. Even though I didn't end up winning the price, it was quite nerve-wracking for me at the time! But it was a really good teachable experience for me.

     

    What three words would you use to describe your work?

     

    Layers, time, curiosity

     

    Favourite historical woman artist:

     

    Hilma af Klint - because her work brings me joy!


    Favourite contemporary woman artisT?

     

    It's hard to name just one because I love so many. At the moment I really love Paula Rego a lot, she's so smart there's so much heart and fire and understanding in her work. But there's so many more too, I love Kara Walker, Ana Mendieta, Eliza Hopewell, Antonia Showering..... I could go on. So many brilliant women I look up to...