Christiane Baumgartner Interview: Philagrafika 2010

Christiane Baumgartner has garnered international attention with her large-scale woodcuts which are done entirely by hand, and which often attain spectacular proportions. Born and raised in Leipzig before the reunification, Baumgartner studied traditional printing techniques at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst. She earned a Master's degree in Printmaking at the Royal College in London, and soon started to work in video. Coming back to Leipzig, she decided to merge two apparently incompatible mediums, video and woodcuts, effectively mixing two types of "cutting edge" technologies, that of the gouge and the computer. In her extremely labor-intensive works (a single print can take as much as a year to be completed), Baumgartner achieves a slowing down of process that imbues her haunting images with an aura of concentrated presence, her preferred subjects being speed, movement, and translation, literal or metaphorical.


This video was created with support from The National Endowment for the Arts.