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Meet visual artist Elena Rosalia Apollonio

Identifikation mit dem Aggressor; © Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Identifikation mit dem Aggressor, 2020, copyright Christoph Voglbauer

© Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Identifikation mit dem Aggressor, 2020, copyright Christoph Voglbauer

“Social justice for every living being.  More of togetherness – less against each other.”

Name

Elena Rosalia Apollonio

Profession

Visual Art

Website

elenaapollonio.com

Elena Rosalia Apollonio © Gregor Fuchs

Elena Rosalia Apollonio © Gregor Fuchs 

Where are you from?

I live in Vienna, Austria for ten years now. And I grew up in a small village at the lake of Constance, called Lochau, in the west of Austria. 

Your style in 3 words? 

ambiguous, visceral, direct 

Your weakness? Your strength? 

I’m a moody person and I’m very serious. And stubborn.

What makes you different? 

Good question…I don’t know but my soul animal is Stitch from „Lilo & Stitch“.

When did you decide to become an artist? 

When I stopped working in a bar. First there was just a little bit of art and then it developed into the main topic. I cannot nail it down to one particular moment.

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

surprising myself

© Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Identifikation mit dem Aggressor (Detail), 2020, copyright Christoph Voglbauer

© Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Identifikation mit dem Aggressor (Detail), 2020, copyright Christoph Voglbauer 

A few words about your favourite creation?

I love Frankenstein!

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you… 

The latest exhibition I saw was by Maja Vukoje – this was very inspiring! Her approach to painting and her use of material is what interests me at the moment. 

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

 Les Reines Prochaines! Because I am listening to them for over ten years now and never get tired of it. I want to know how to do that!

 

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

A theme that interests me a lot right now, is the scarecrow. They are wearing the old clothes of their makers, they are constructed out of a wooden cross, just like the frame you put the canvas on, they are alone standing in the fields, their only friends may be the birds they have to scare. 

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

LOVE 

2021: Where are we going? 

News about the virus mutations just came. It’s really hard to say. I think that it will get better with the vaccinations and as we get closer to summer.

Die Fossilien 2; © Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Die Fossilien, 2020, copyright artist

© Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Die Fossilien, 2020, copyright artist

When the going gets tough… 

I cry. 

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years? 

I think we will all get used to fast changing situations and to the fact that you cannot plan ahead. We will get even more flexible and adaptable to the conditions we are making ourselves live in. I also think that the differences in how you can deal with these issues is and will be more than ever depending on how much money you have and which country you are born in.  

What would you do if you could change the World? 

Social justice for every living being.  More of togetherness – less against each other.

Die Fossilien 3; © Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Die Fossilien, 2020, copyright artist

© Elena Rosalia Apollonio, Die Fossilien, 2020, copyright artist

 If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into? 

into itself?

Tell us about your future plans…

reading, making art, exhibiting 

 Your city’s favourite spots ?

The woods and the abandoned places haha

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

I have a lot of favorite songs and I know all the Bravo Hits by heart. At the moment I am listening to Fiona Apple’s new album „Fetch the Bold Cutters“ and Molly Nilsson „These Things Take Time“ on repeat. 

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

Diamonds and Gold, Bling 

Your #…? 

#elenaapollonio watching the birds. The next thing I will work on is trying to bring my preference for textile material and my new painting practice together.