Interviewing Helene Kippert

This time I’m interviewing Helene Kippert about her piece entitled "What Dreams May come 4 ".

Bubba: What is your favorite medium to work with Helene?
Helene: I like to draw with charcoal or pastel, but the fun really starts for me when I start adding digital overlays to the drawing. For the overlays I mostly use Apophysis images, but I’ve also used photos and scanned objects like peacock feathers and even an etching plate!

Bubba: Do you see an image in your mind before you create a written work?
Helene: With the written work I usually start with a feeling, or a phrase will come to me that I find intriguing and I’ll build on that. This will probably sound a bit odd but I’m not a visual person in that I tend to think in aural terms rather than visual.

Bubba: Does your art imitate your life or visa versa?
Helene: My art echoes the themes that I’m dealing with in my life – it’s definitely a form of self expression for me. I use a visual language to describe my internal processes, so it’s a bit like a visual record of my inner journeys.

Bubba: What has influenced you most in your writing?
Helene: The Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has had a huge input on me in general, and also with this lyric in particular. Mysticism is one of his major themes and he has a number of songs where he addresses god as a lover. The lyrics for A longing for your arms were actually my take on this type of song.

Bubba: What is the inspiration behind What Dreams May come 4?
Helene: With the series I wanted to open up to the viewer the internal world not only of dreams, but also of inspirational and meditative journeys. We are predominantly focussed on making something happen in the external world in this culture, and the inner world is left largely unexplored, much to our own detriment in terms of spiritual development. Not only does this impact on our personal growth, but I think it has some major repercussions in terms not caring enough for the world we live in. I wanted to give a sense of the boundlessness of the inner world as well as it’s mystery and regenerative powers – so it’s kind of like an open invitation to dive into your own inner depths!

Thanks so much for your time Helene!

Interviewing Helene Kippert

Bubba Red

Joined April 2008

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Interviewing Helene Kippert about “What Dreams May come 4” that was selected for the Lyrical Visions Collaboration Showcase.

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