A rebellious, unsettled soul of creativity | 叛逆不安定的創意魂

 

The adjective “intuitive” seems to be the most accurate word to describe her. If you take a look at her illustrations, you can feel the power and energy flow out and the outspokenness just hits you straight.

Theresa Hattinger has always been a curious kid. Since she spent four hours with a tea egg infuser at her grandmother’s place and created some legendary science fiction worlds, she knew that “creating” would definitely be a big part of her life.

Describing herself as Speedy Gonzalez, Theresa says her hands work much faster than her brain. “Often when it comes to filling out a background or adding the last touches (of an illustration), I already have another idea in mind and start a new thing without finishing the old one. One day seems like an eternity.”

Theresa is never afraid of advertising a value she shares. When it comes to controversial topics, she is also willing to take up the bigger challenge. Digging deeper into her identity as a female creator, she reflects, “My creativity, in spite of my gender, is just like any other parts of my personality. I feel it is a thoroughly positive one but at the same time it might limit what I can effortlessly reach.

“I am often frustrated how some artistic communities are constructed around big egos, ruthless self-representation and big mouths. All qualities that are generally more appreciated in men than in women.”

Being a concept-driven creator, Theresa cares more about how to tell a story with greater value than developing perfect techniques. It’s true – her works might not be the most refined or detailed kind but in some ways, it touches the feeling of her audience because they are “realistically honest.”

“I appreciate the humour that lies in spontaneity,” Theresa said. “Just like the project I have spent the longest time on is growing, est. 1989 and still ongoing.”

When she is at her studio, you can find her experimenting with various kinds of materials: drawing, set-design, graphic design, video recording, animation, screen printing, sewing or even gluing cardboard together.

“I have my mediums I feel most comfortable with but still I try to explore and use different techniques. But in general, give me A3-paper and a bunch of markers then I can be settled.”

In the future, Theresa would like to work with and for musicians, as she has no idea how they work. However, the work mode might need to be adjusted when it comes to collaboration – she is Speedy Gonzalez after all.

“I just want to be satisfied with my works, still enjoy doing them and don’t feel like I lost my integrity. Sometimes I would be proud of myself for my own works but if I don’t get ‘enough’ likes, that experience is too ‘unforgettable.’”

Her motto and goal are all summed in one line: Trust your guts and go for it, don’t hesitate, be bold, clever and relevant.

 

 

用「直觀的」和「直覺的」似乎是形容她最貼切的字眼。如果您看看她的插畫作品,您可以感覺到她的能量源源不絕的飄出來,她的敢言也直擊您的認知。

Theresa Hattinger從小開始就是一個很好奇的小孩。自從她在外婆家花了4個小時「研究」一個茶葉浸泡器並在自己小小的腦袋瓜內創造了好幾個科幻世界開始,她就清楚的知道「創造」將會在她的生命中佔很大的一部分。

Theresa多次形容自己為「飛飛鼠」,手總是比腦袋的動作快得多。「當我畫畫到了填背景或者到了最後階段的時候,我腦裡面已經有了別的點子甚至其實已經開始了新的插畫。一整天對我來說跟『永遠』幾乎沒有兩樣!」

對她來說,只要她認同一個價值或者觀念,她就會毫無避忌的跟人分享。就算是具爭議性的題目,她也願意面對挑戰 – 尤其是看待自己是女性創作者的身份:

「不論我的性別如何,我的創意就是我人格的一個部分,我覺得這是一個完全正面部分但是同時它可能是限制我到達某個境界的桎梏。」

「對於某些構築在自我中心、個人名利或空口說大話之上藝術群體,我總是感到很焦慮。這些都是以男性為主導多於女性的。

作為一個以觀念先行的創作者,Theresa關注的是如何將故事中價值最大化多於如何發展完美的技巧。誠如她所言,她的作品未必是最「漂亮」或者「細緻」的,但是它們總是很現實並讓觀眾感覺到當中的誠實。

Theresa說:「我喜歡自然流露的幽默。就像是我覺得自己最大而尚在進行中的項目就是『長大』 – 自1989年開始還在進行當中呢。」

當她身處工作室的時候,您可以看到她總是在做不同媒體的實驗:繪畫、場景設計、平面設計、錄影、動畫、版畫、刺繡甚至黏貼紙板。

「我知道自己最喜歡什麼媒體但是我很樂意嘗試不同的技巧。總的來說,給我一張A3紙和一堆筆我就可以了。」

關於未來,Theresa想與音樂家一起工作,因為對於他們的工作她毫無頭緒。可是她也說,她是想「為」他們工作多於「和」他們一起工作 – 說到底,她可是「飛飛鼠」呢。

「我只會想確保自己喜歡自己的工作和作品,並不會覺得喪失了自己的堅持。有時候我發現我創作了自己很喜歡的作品但是在社交平台上沒人『讚好』,那種經驗實在是過分『難忘』。」

她的座右銘和目標基本上可以用一句話來總結:相信自己並往前進發,不要猶豫,勇敢點、機靈點而且不要脫節。

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