"My work simultaneously seeks and provides understanding. My pieces are little messages from our collective to ourselves created through me. I tap into my personal core to deliver images that tell a universal story."
Tell us about yourself and background.
I was born in East Germany and while I belong to the last generation that has an active memory of growing up in Communism Germany I am glad it only lasted through my early childhood until it got broken down by The People.
I value freedom and independence over everything. It is an interesting experience to see a system that crept into every aspect of daily life fall apart. I spend my wild years in post unification Berlin when the city was an adventure playground for the Creatives, the Misfits and the Idealists. We had everything except for money.
While Berlin marked the only time and place in my life where and when I felt truly at home I disconnected when I moved to a valley in the Dolomite Mountains/ Northern Italy to study wood carving. I now follow my former teachers on social platforms as they exhibit their amazing work worldwide. They are the best. I briefly studied with Odd Nerdrum who at the time I considered the last master and only person worth learning from. My time with him was short but I learned so much.
I met my Philly husband in Berlin when he hired me to recreate the art deco- ornaments for a façade renovation he oversaw. We have that project documented on our website oldeworldcraft.com
So I came over to the States and moved in with my #1 man in Philadelphia in Germantown- of all places. I was born a painter as creating paintings is my true expression. Over the years I branched out and acquired many trades- a sculptor of wood, glass and elements (snow and sand) which gave me a solid understanding of proportions space and the geometry of beauty, a contractor specialized in decorative plasters and ornamental façade restorations which taught me to be of service with humility and discipline as well as a highly trained hypnotherapist which gives me the ability to disable the perception filter of my mind and connect to my subconscious as well as our collective consciousness. This rather unusual multi-layered set of skills now serves as my foundation to create art pieces that go further than being a visual product.
Tell us about your work.
My work simultaneously seeks and provides understanding. My pieces are little messages from our collective to ourselves created through me. I tap into my personal core to deliver images that tell a universal story. I hope for people who see my images to recognize something familiar, a fraction of their memory of their deeper nature to be triggered.
What makes your work and approach unique?
I have arrived at a point in my life where I no longer am consumed by pointless beliefs, patterns or desires that still seem attractive in our society. I understand that I solely exist to observe, create and ultimately remember. This gives me and my work value and meaning.
Why is your work a good investment?
In these times where we experience an overwhelming flood of noise and imagery it is important to emphasize and value content. We all seek value and we feel the need to proof our own. It can be seductive to do so through external accessories. Instead we need to value our humanness over everything. We are vulnerable creatures of infinite potential.
My work is a contribution and an element of our Zeitgeist. It plugs into the current segment of our timeline but exists beyond it. When you invest in a piece of art it is important to evaluate the piece beyond its current time, it has to be strong enough to stand beside pieces of the past and the future.
Tell us about some of your achievements.
My website www.jennyrichter.com is a sufficient reference for my creations and projects. What I really feel is an accomplishment though is the clarity and independence I have gained through years of solitude. I could not have shared my work at an earlier point as I would have gotten attached to the need of being validated by others. I am also proud that my husband and I have created a solid life foundation for our best creation- 2 little Padawans- while we both came from broken families and started with nothing. Raising kids means your focus shifts from being the center of your own universe to constantly prioritizing another being. So instead of living in the creative flow I have to micro-organize and live with a tight schedule. As someone who highly values independence, alone time and pondering about the bigger things this is hard and I am proud I am doing it.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My ideas spawn inside my head and then take on a life of their own. I got this line of images in my head that are waiting for their turn. Because I have a very finite amount of time available raising 2 young kids I constantly need to prioritize.
Some images have been waiting for years, others squeeze in and give me this urge so they get bumped up and turned into an art piece right away. It can be a teensy moment or feeling that triggers an entire image creation and I often have to catch up on fully grasping its meaning myself.
What you are passionate about?
I see our civilization standing at a decisive dividing point of power distribution. The proclivity how we transfer power within the macro structures of our society lies within the micro tendency to transfer our personal power. Politically we are witnessing a tuck a war between corporate capability to claim and distribute resources while creating dependency versus a movement of social activism working towards a humane and fair distribution of resources creating an upgraded society of unbound individuals. Personally I am convinced that our monopolized power hierarchies will eventually fail because they aren’t viable and therefor will no longer serve us. However an upgrade to a society of sovereign individuals starts with questioning why we are afraid of our own sovereignty.
Why do we prefer to outsource our personal power by handing over our responsibilities? Why authorize our religious leaders to hold power over our own spiritual journey or commission doctors to be in full charge of our healing journey?
Why do we determine our worth by our material amassment or our lovability by how much we (or our social media avatars) are being validated by others?
The biggest power we possess is our attention. What we pay attention to we validate. That is why I hope my artwork contributes a little part to bringing more attention to the vast nature of our being, to trigger self-reflection and focus onto the magic of our reality. Thank you for Your attention.