AS: I have always been drawn to the image of a figure. I paint very spontaneously, and at times the images seem to have no rhyme or reason to them. It’s almost like a bunch of people on a city bus, or in line at a supermarket, all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, I paint people I know, or I am painting an autobiographical world that I live in. The paintings are arranged like a narrative, doing nonsensical things to each other. My work evokes many different emotions. Emotions of love, loss, angst, despair, sexual erotica, passion, laughter, comical situations, and uncertainty.
I love jazz and the blues and when I paint, I feel the colors and emotions fly from them; I think my paintings are about where I and others fit in this world. I also love cats and they end up in my work, as well as other animals.
UC: You switch between mediums quite easily, from paint, to sculpture, to clay. Can you tell me a little about that?
AS: I have always felt a need to work simultaneously in 2-D painting and 3-D sculpture, when I was an undergrad; I took ceramics and painting, and was taught to draw properly. It seems only natural for me to do this, to build these sculptures and give them a world that they belong in, and interact with these other people in my work. I build static boxes or dioramas and place these figures in them, and then to place them in a story telling theme, it’s almost like a folk story.
UC: What artists do you feel the most kinship with?
AS: I have always loved Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn, when I saw Appel’s painting “Angry landscape” I felt his instant, emotional sense of the human condition. His painting was like an impromptu explosion of emotion escaping into the atmosphere. I also am quite moved by Otto Dix’s political paintings of WWII, and Joan Miro’s weird wonderful worlds, between hell and bliss. The artists I admire, depict fantasy, and embrace a Dadaistic nature, giving symbolic meanings and depicting dream like states. They push the imagination.
Alber Schweitzert is a visionary artist who lives and works in
Albert exhibits frequently in
Artist's website: www.albertschweitzerart.com