Nena Čermák wants to inspire positive change and create a better world. She uses a variety of materials and approaches to explore themes of intersectionality, diversity and interculturality, creating immersive works that invite the viewer to engage with her mindset. With her work, Nena propagates togetherness, loyalty and equality and promotes optimization of the self as a means of achieving a harmonious and progressive society.
How did you get into art?
Art has always moved me. I think a lot about the world, society, why people are the way they are. With the fine arts I have found a way to communicate myself. With my art I want to cause a paradigm shift and convince humanity to improve the world together. The self-reflection of each individual helps as an approach, which then expands to others, until finally everyone is convinced of the importance that we can shape together through progressive thinking and action a world in which peace, social justice and diversity are the guaranteed basis of every life.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
I work with different media, which I try to link with each other. The starting point is always research within my self-generated cosmos. I try to make my handwriting recognizable in all media. Organic, natural shapes and colors appear, but also seemingly mechanical structures that are supposed to connect with each other. I try to make a certain otherness perceptible that you get stuck with. Because maybe then I‘ll manage to make the viewer stop short. In the best case, I stimulate a thought process in the viewer with my art. Playfulness and sensitivity are coupled with searching moments or contrasts.
How do you go about developing your work?
I always base myself on my thought construct and play on this fantasy. I proceed intuitively and let myself be guided by the process. In doing so, I try to let my thoughts become visible.
Who or what influences you?
I am very interested in current contemporary discourses, observing people and nature in their behavior and conditions from which their actions result. Even though I didn‘t study it, I love philosophy. I am impressed by the illumination of various topics from many perspectives, discussions that apply timelessly. Annie Sprinkle, Donna Haraway, and Louise Bourgeois impress me.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
Artistically, I want to continue working on combining the media I‘ve used so far. In doing so, I would like to create more paintings, but also installations. I would like to define my cosmos COSMILUTION even more precisely, it should remain in flux and constantly develop.