“Visual art is so diverse – it always fascinates me how everything is possible.”
Sophia Louise Roggenkamp
Where are you from?
The rural countryside in southern Germany + Halle Saale
Your style in 3 words?
flashy, glossy, textile
Your weakness? Your strength?
Wanting to do too much at the same time, loving to be around people, and being very social
What makes you different?
I guess we’re all not as different than others as we sometimes might wish.
When did you decide to become an artist?
My parents love their professions – my mother is an architect, my father is a farmer – I have always admired them for finding a profession they really burn for (sometimes too much, they hardly ever give themselves a day off). My aim was to find that passion for myself too. I always knew I wanted to be in some kind of creative field – but it took me some time to realize that I really want to try working as a visual artist. I still doubt it sometimes, but I can’t imagine something else for me right now. I enjoy the privilege and freedom of working with whatever I want to.
Do you choose your art form, or does the form choose you?
Textile materials choose me – but I form them and give them a new meaning by working with them and transferring them.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
Visual art is so diverse – it always fascinates me how everything is possible.
I love working with different materials that somehow caught my attention/fascination – sometimes they don’t work the way I want them to, they work against me, and I have to find new solutions.
A few words about your favorite creation?
I still love the “self-doubt fan scarf” that I made in 2021. I like the idea that it’s a traveling artwork, that some people wear every day, they put it around their neck, hang it up a wall to read the sentence written on it, buy it as a present for a loved one and maybe in 10 years sell it on a flea market to a new person.
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
I am a loner when it comes to artistic work but love to collaborate for exhibitions and see my work in interaction with other artists’ works.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
I am still not tired of working with satin – so I’ll continue to experience this material until I can’t stand it anymore.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
…being with my friends and family, the ones I love.
2022: Where are we going?
finally finishing art school
Do you think about time as an artist?
I always think about time – especially when I’m in doubt. I wonder, is it even worth it to spend so much time in the studio? Is there anyone interested in what I am doing? What for? Couldn’t I spend my time with more important, more relevant things?
When the going gets tough…
I try to refocus and keep going.
What does freedom mean when it comes to art?
For me personally, art is freedom at its best – everything is possible.
Tell us about your future plans…
Finishing art school, keeping on working artistically, making a living from what I do, being the artist I want to be
Your city’s favorite spots?
Right now, in summer: somewhere by the water, in the garden behind the house I live, my studio
Last but not least: what is your favorite Song?
Everything that gets me dancing, probably any disco track
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
Definitely gold. I love it shiny!