Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The July talk is with professional independent artist Jeanette Bremin.
1. What is CREATIVITY?
The universal freedom to implement/realize/create ANYTHING and EVERYTHING – with your mind, mouth, hands or body.
2. How are you creative?
My art, my paintings, are for me a way to express my feelings deep within. The colours I choose are the most important part. The way I mix, combine and overlap them is like a melody, creating notes and harmonies. The urge to paint, and the comfort I feel when I paint, have been with me since I was a little child. Painting became my best friend and a wonderful fantasy world. A release of freedom, with only me in the center.
My paintings’ structure, form and colours reflect my message to the observer, mixing materials to obtain the right feeling and look. I paint to share my feelings and experiences, to give hope, happiness and understanding. Most of my paintings have a sublime, sometimes hidden message. I want people to stop for a moment and contemplate. And they do.
Each and every one of us is an exceptional human being, with different experiences and different ways to perceive and absorb what we see. People react in multiple ways to my paintings; some with strong emotions like pure joy or sadness, some with ignorance.
I was granted the title “artiste professionnel indépendant” by the Ministére de la Culture in Luxembourg in 2011. It was a happy moment for me. At last I was accepted as a serious, dedicated artist in the public eye.
3. Suggest a simple creative activity to our readers that can make them more creative
Don’t be afraid…do it…whatever you feel like…everything is right there, in front of you. Take a walk in the woods alone…breath…look.
4. What are your top 3 websites for creative inspiration?
- I tap into my own soul.
- I tap into my own mind.
- I tap into my own heart.
5. What are your 3 tips to become more creative in Luxembourg?
- I wish there were a free public paper, financed by the Luxembourgish state, and distributed to every household in Luxembourg once a month, with all cultural happenings in all of Luxembourg. This would give the people of Luxembourg the knowledge and freedom to choose whatever they like to do to and see.
- I wish there were a website with all the happenings in all of Luxembourg. Not just select information here and there.
- I wish there were a website with an overview of all artists in Luxembourg and links to their websites.
6. What’s your suggestion to make Luxembourg a more creative, innovative place?
More financial support so artists can work more freely.
A Luxembourg artist association, where every professional artist can register, with a member card that is respected and accepted internationally. The Ministére de la Culture should be the initiator and in charge of this project, and information about each artist should be available online and at the Ministére de la Culture. This way, artists would feel they were accepted and taken seriously, not just a “no name” to be used to fill the empty wall space at some happening. We would be able to create in an atmosphere of acceptation.
More professional art teachers in primary school. How many primary schools in Luxembourg have a professional art teacher? 2-3?Today it’s common that a class “Joffa” does some “bastelen” with her/his class once a week, and they all have to do the same thing. Where is the creativity in that?
I know from experience that it’s not easy to activate children who have never done art before. I used to do art classes for children in my studio, Semaphore Art Studios in Oetrange. I saw the children, with freedom and a guiding professional hand, create fantastic wonderful things.
I’m totally convinced that children, when they see that they’re capable of doing beautiful art, gain self confidence and satisfaction that can help them later in life.
7. Who, in Luxembourg, should we interview next?
The artists Diane Jodes and Robert Hall.
8. Anything you’d like to add?
Life is beautiful! Go for it!
Jeanette Bremin, interviewed by Miranda van den Heuvel, June 2013.
You can see Jeanette’s elephant Désirée and more than 90 other elephants during the Elephant Parade in Luxembourg and Trier, 19.07 – 18.10.2013.