MUNTHE ART MONDAY: NURITH MIRYAM LUMER-KLABBERS
Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.
I work a lot with black and white graphics daily (or pencil images as I call them). When I work with my art, I always keep in mind our past, religion, spirituality, hope, experience, culture, and the daily modern life. When I create my art, I encapsulate the object, the energy and the feeling in the strokes and surfaces. When I succeed, it becomes a piece of art. I strive for precision and a clear expression.
I am 66 and born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. I graduated from the ‘Bezalel’ Art Academy in Jerusalem with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. This education is comparable to the ones you can take on the art academies in Denmark. I once had a guest lecturer from the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?
As a female artist I have always had to fight for my existence – both on a psychological and physical level. Inside myself and with the outside world. Art has never only been a hobby for me. During my childhood I was taught that a woman’s mission in life is to get married and give birth.
Luckily, I had a lot of female artists, who have had amazing careers, I could look up to.
Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?
Here’s a few of the female artists who inspires me.
- Anna Ticho: Born 27th of October 1894 – 1st of March 1980. I was always really fascinated by her pencil and coal drawings of nature and people in Jerusalem.
- Eva Hesse: Born 11th of January 1936 – 29th of May 1970. She was an American sculptor, who was known for her use of materials such latex, fiberglass, and plastic.
- Käthe Kollwitz: Born 8th of July 1867 – 22nd of April 1945. A German illustrator and sculptor, who was one of the most important artists in Germany in the 20th century. I have a serious interest in her expressions and the life around her.
- Anna Ancher: Born 18th of August 1859 – 15th of April 1935. A wonderful painter who has portrayed life at home and the world around her. Her paintings are vivid and have so much atmosphere. To see her artwork gives me so much joy, confidence, and calmness. We are moving in the right direction.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?
The most challenging aspect has been to be a fulltime artist. To insist on this being my job and earn enough money to make a living.
What would you like people to notice in your artwork?
I would like my artwork to make people think and reflect. Reflect upon life and dead, light and darkness. To be touched and uplifted. I want people to experience how the strokes from the pencil bring out the light. I mostly work in black and white and the nuances between those two. One of the “funniest” remarks I have received was two women who said “wauw, it is so colorful…!” And yes, colors can be expressed in black and white strokes too.
My next installation “Change” which consist of a painting in the size 200x490 cm, pencil on canvas and a robot drawing on the floor. It will be part of the exhibition “Hjem i forandring” at Kunstetagerne Hobro from the 2nd of April until the 31st of July.