Meet the artist / Karmen Čorak

Who are you and what do you do?
Karmen Čorak, my means of expression is photography.

Describe your work in three words / adjectives.
Hovering, latent, empathetic.

The best artistic advice you have received?
The advice of a photographer artist to share my impressions was a big shift for me.

Art work / person / music / item that impressed you?
Art work: two lesser-known marble sculptures:
St. Cecilia, Trastevere, Rome, 16th century
Cristo velato, Cappella Sansevero, Napoli, 18th century
Person: oh Leonardo da Vinci… Marcel Duchamp
Music: Metamorphosen, Richard Strauss
Subject: assemblage of surealists e.g. Meret Oppenheim, Joseph Cornell… Bôite-en-valise (MD)

Describe your creative process in one sentence.
Emerging on the "path" is an unconscious process in relation to the environment.

What do you dislike about the art scene?
Categorization and hierarchy, insincerity.

Favorite artist?
Gerhard Richter.

Favorite own work / series?

Daphne(Transfusion Shows # 3 Verita Monselles / Jacopo Benci, Karmen Čorak (Catalog pp. 26-29))

As in the enchanted garden with its secrets, an intimate depiction is shown in the trunk of the tree, one that floats in the imagination. (form of empathy, "apperceptive transmission")
From the framents of the true image a new order is born, rediscovering the symbolic, deep connection of being, the inevitable bond that embodies the melancholy of destiny.

What do you fear when you create?
Disturbing interruptions.

What art gadget couldn't live without?
Without the "camera".

What do you consider to be the biggest success of your artistic career so far?
Generally, establish "intimacy" through visual communication. In particular, it may be that one of my many years of opus has become part of an important collection at the National Museum in Italy.

How do you view the positive or negative critique of your creation?
All that surprises me is interesting in its own right.

Name one artist you would like to be compared to!
Sarah Moon.

What do you love about art and why?
Feeling of perfection as a beautiful day.

What do you do in self-isolation?
For me, it's like a pause in music.

Karmen Čorak was born in 1959 in Murska Sobota and grew up in Maribor. She studied graphic design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Zagreb, and later focused on the conservation of works on paper and received her education in this field in Rome, Austria, and Japan. She works as a conservator-restorer at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Venice. She has been involved in photography from a young age and has been exhibiting since 2007 (Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Russia, and the US). She attended photography seminars with Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi (2011) and Austrian photographer Hans-Christian Schink (2017). She has received international photography awards in Paris, Malaga, and Berlin. Her photographs are included in private and public collections in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Japan. She lives and works in Rome and Venice.