Christiane Spangsberg is an artist based in London. Find her here
The Two Sisters
I first saw this painting by André Derain when I visited the National Museum in Copenhagen. I had lived in Copenhagen for a few years without going. But I moved so close to the museum at some point that I stopped by, and found out to my surprise that it was even free of charge. I went in and saw the sign ‘1900 French Collection’ which attracted me straight away. They have quite a good collection of Matisse, but what captured my attention that day was this painting of The Two Sisters by André Derain. It is not the sisters in particular I find interesting, but the way the background has been painted very rapidly creating a very tense motion. I remember listening about this particular painting in some headphones and the lady described how the texture of the background could simulate the tension between the sisters. Derain has used different colors in this background, I only use one, but the rapid brushstrokes I took with me that day.
The two sisters by André Derain, 1914. Found here.
The white room
There is something about the nothingness of a white room that inspires me very much. The light and naked feeling makes my mind wonder. All options are open. This might not make sense, but I see things in unity. If you place furniture in a room I then take the furniture into consideration, because they then are as important part of the room as the painting on the wall. In my mind everything needs to be aligned to create peace.
Ancient statues have become my favorite muse. There are a few reasons for this. First I love the history behind these incredible beautiful handmade sculptures. Secondly I am inspired by the fact that both men and women are equally portrayed. In this era they were both seen as equally beautifully and majestic in their naked form. The Kiss was the first sculpture I drew at my visit to Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. A tragic love story where the woman falls in love with her husband younger brother and they both end up being killed.