O-A: What is art to you? Is creating an urge, necessity or maybe an incontournable, essential way of life?
Sophie Mangelsen: Most of all, art to me is an incontournable chance to express yourself. Letting out what cannot be said. „A poem without words.“ A means of self-discovery. Plus, it is simply relaxing and resourcing, so yes, a essential way of life.
O-A: Who or what inspired you artistically; a person, artist, event, experience…
Sophie Mangelsen: Experiences inspire me the most. In the past I observed it was rather inner conflicts that needed to be explored or let out along with emotions like anger, frustration or sadness that made me to paint. Today, I feel that good emotions inspire me a lot too and that is quite fulfilling.
If you’re asking for painters who inspire me, it is definitely the work of Miro, Pollock and Richter…
O-A: If a person, artist or not, influenced you, what kind of question would you ask him/her?
Sophie Mangelsen: What do you think about honesty? How honest are you?
O-A: What names do you give your artworks?
Sophie Mangelsen: I am mostly doing whole series and collections of a specific theme, so I put my artworks in order of the creation in a collection (like in my collections Les Blancs, Nude or Berlin). Having lived in Paris for four years has been very inspirational for me, so I’ve named most of my artwork in french (like in my collection Les Blancs). Also names from close persons who inspire me. I am currently focussing on a series about Berlin, a very personal creative tour through my hometown. So I name my abstracts after the different areas.
O-A: What is a vivid memory of a remark concerning your art that got stuck with you?
Sophie Mangelsen: „Such a unique expression of a so complex emotional world.“