Chris Bleicher is an artist with a strong sense of color and humor. Her works have been featured in numerous press publications and TV shows since they immediately grab one’s attention. A prime example of Chris’ work is “The Little Mermaid,” a painting that includes a green neon light that adds a level of surreal to an already surreal image of a mermaid. More recently, she has taken to painting on coffins and pet urns.
The Munich, Germany, based Chris refers to her work as “peepart,” a word she created to describe her brand of artistic flair. In the year 2000 she started her “liveCam project peepart” with 24 hours lifecam transmission on the web. At the time, this was considered a very tech-savvy and bold project. Chris’ concept was “communication worldwide” in real time. The project definitely got Chris attention–in fact, in 2015 a German magazine published the 15 year old concept as “the newest idea.”
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Chris Bleicher (C.B.): My father had a technical profession, but was a good painter. He taught me painting before I got educated by a master painter. My mother wrote poems. Therefore I ALWAYS wanted to be an artist.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?
C.B.: My favorite artists are SUCCESSFUL artists such as Leonardo da Vinci because he must have been obsessed by his work, paintings and technical machines. Pablo Picasso, because he changed his art style from being young to growing old. The Italian painter Titian among others because in his portraits he hid the character of the person he portrait. Salvador Dali – I like his style as person and as well his paintings. Kurt Schwitters, a German artist because of his installations; he is one of the most important artists of the 20st century.
M.M.: How would you describe your art and what inspires it?
C.B.: My art is my passion and is inspired by my many exotic travels to Africa, Asia, North & South America, the Caribbean (where I painted, among others, “The Little Mermaid” which was exhibited at Artexpo NYC) and South Sea. Through my artwork I want to express “joy of living”, stimulate the fantasy and promote a positive attitude with colors and shapes. I believe in experiamentalism, exposing in my art the exotic, erotic, ecological and humorous. Of particular interest are fringe groups. Any incident inspires my art. Since more than 20 years I have shown commitment for preserving nature in combination with technology. Today an intact nature is more important than ever before for the next generations. This is the main message of my art projects I love people and animals.
M.M.: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?
C.B.: With my neon art, themes and projects I always got lots of attention of press and TV because I was always ahead the spirit of the time from 8 -15 years. I’m not just an neon- and performance artist but as well an avant garde artist. With my first exhibition (in a company, not in a gallery) I already got a report on TV. Then I felt encouraged to contact a gallery for a group show and between group shows I started my own – sometimes big (big with occupancy of time and money) projects, for example selected projects see my website.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
C.B.: I don’t have a favorite piece – I love ALL my artwork, it doesn’t matter if it’s small sized or huge – ALL are my “babies”.
M.M.: What are your mediums of choice?
C.B.: My main medium is LIGHT – my Neon Picture Objects, neon sculptures and wall installations give any ambience a special flair. When I sit in an airplane I always like a seat where I can see the wings of the airplane because I love the combination of cool technic (airplane wings) in combination of the sky and clouds. So I got the inspiration to my open end series Sky, Clouds & Metallic Bodies where I’m using original airplane pieces. Important for me is that this used pieces are NOT from airplane crashes because I put just POSITIVE ENERGY in my work. As well I love my open end Waterproof Sunshine Series which is without neon installation and throwing water on my art during a performance.
M.M.: Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
C.B.: I love experimentalism. When I have the feeling/inspiration that it’s the right time I’ll start with a new medium for example like with my most important work I ever did: It was an inspiration by St. Gertrudis for my St. Gertrudis Stick. This tecnical demands apart from artistic view were so immense that I wouldn’t have been able to do it just with my human mind. I got inspired step by step of what to do. This St. Gertrudis Stick got blessed by Dechant Albert-Marie Demoitié in the St. Gertrudis Church in Nivelles (Belgium) during a St. Gertrudis festival with about 5,000 people.
M.M.: How did you develop your unique style?
C.B.: The light came to me and I got the inspiration to work with neon installations. Then I learned about the technical needs because it’s a complex medium. Today I’m able to get the maximum of the material (neon glass). I love this medium because it gives glance and light into the heart of people who look at it.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?
C.B.: I just work on my art when I feel good because I put all my LOVE in my work. I was very surprised when a spiritual healer asked me if she can do pendulum dowsing (I don’t know if this is the right word in English) to feel the energy of the artwork she wanted to buy. She started collecting my waterproof sunshine work. And other healing women (she is very delicate about energy flow) put my neon art in her treatment room as well as two plastic surgeons in their doctor’s office. Their patents and assistants love my work as well when I get visitors in my
showroom in Munich – people stay as long as their time allows it.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
C.B.: NEVER GIVE UP! They should live their dreams even if it’s at the beginning not so easy to live as an artist. They should have a message to people and inform the media about it, have passion for their work and share the good they’ll get with people who are in need.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
C.B.: Thank you for asking me this. I’m now creating a neon wall installation for the entrance from the car parking area to the main building for the famous concert hall of the Premierenhaus in Erl, Austria. The Premierenhaus in Erl is designed by a price winning architect, but the entrance to the main building isn’t representative enough. Therefore it’s a big honor for me to do that. The Title of my wall construction/installation is called “Golden Sound With Love.” When I return back to Munich I’ll start again a further collecting glasses (and medical aid) campaign based on my motto: “Do Good, feel great, talk about it and motivate to imitation/participation.” The exact date people will find published on my charity site, here. And last but not least: My Giant Jaguar “The Big Smile” (height about 3.40 meters) – this figure has a door at the belly that a person can sit inside on a chair. It stands for sustainability and will get again lots of attention in the media again! It would be great if I could bring “The Big Smile” with a sponsor to the US. Interested? I’ll send you my PR-concept.
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To learn more about Chris Bleicher visit her official website, peepart website, Facebook, Facebook peepart, Twitter and Pinterest. To purchase Bavaria souvenirs by her see here. To learn more about her charity work, see here.