Why did you launch this website?
I love art, and not just making it but also viewing it! Wherever I go, I’m always looking for beautiful and striking pieces of art. In 2013 I came up with the idea of sharing the results of my search for special artwork in an art blog, and that is how Kirsten Loves Art came into being.
What else do you do in your everyday life?
I am the Managing Director of an educational consulting firm, and I live with my partner and our three children in Utrecht.
I am an avid artist, and enjoy drawing and painting in my spare time, but there are countless other things that make me happy as evidenced in my Pinterest boards.
What set of criteria weighs in more heavily when selecting your artist of the week?
I actually use no fixed set of criteria besides the completely subjective aspect of whether the work appeals to me- no more and no less! I do however, find it important for the composition to hold a certain degree of constancy and individuality.
Your site is relatively light on written content. It almost seems like you don’t particularly enjoy discussing artwork?
That’s right! I am not one to talk endlessly about any given art piece. And that, for me, is precisely one of the fundamentals of art- that it speaks for itself! As such, I feel absolutely no need to explain or expound on art.
I am still always amazed by -and completely uninterested in- the scope of entire essays written in response to certain pieces. I invariably think: ‘Stay out of it and let the viewer experience it for himself!’ Or in Oscar Wild’s more eloquent words, ‘The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.’ In that respect, one could say I have mixed feelings towards so-called art experts.
Right! So you don’t enjoy discussing artwork, but you certainly seem to have your own opinion regarding the current art system…
Yes, correct. I believe in ‘Het nieuwe exposeren’, a concept I developed back in 2011. An infographic of this concept will soon be available here, on this website.