P&C interview: Chiara Nebel / by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Kamryn Koble

Spontaneous, passionate, and imbued with creativity, German artist Chiara Nebel draws inspiration from the creative processes of art, utilizing a minimalistic and somewhat linear style. She is also captivated by telling stories through photography, as she finds pictures leave more room for interpretation than words.

What mediums of art have you explored? Which is your favorite?

In school I mostly learned about the basic techniques such as object or figure drawing and painting with watercolor or acrylic. In English class I developed a radio play; it was a nice experience to create the tension of a story only through audio. I also visited a course on filmmaking and storytelling, where I learned how to make use of the many stylistic devices when creating a cinematographic work. I have to say that my favorite part about making a movie was sketching out the idea and developing a storyboard, the work behind the movie was far more interesting to me than the finished work. But to choose a favorite is very tough, I think just being in the process of a work is the best part of any project.

What inspires you the most? Are there any particular places, musical artists, scents or atmospheres that invigorate the creative process? 

The first thing that comes to my mind is movies. My earliest impressions of inspirational movies were the Disney short-films. It was this sketchy and almost rough style of the animations, where you can still see part of the process engaged, that has fascinated me ever since. Well-developed stories and intelligent storytelling inspire me to come up with my own stories, whether it’s just for myself or for a new picture.

When it comes to certain atmospheres improving the creative process I would say that night time definitely is my time. When I am by myself and it’s dark outside I feel like that is the time I am the most inspired.

Who is your biggest inspiration, both creatively and in life? 

The people of my personal surroundings, I would say - my family in first place. With my dad I share a great fascination for the night sky, and when I go to visit him we often end up in crazy debates about the universe until we both get super confused, but it’s really fun and I enjoy these kinds of conversations. My mom works as a nurse and she taught me to always look at things from a different point of view, to try and see the bigger picture.

My little sister is a very special person. She easily gets caught up in ideas and becomes so engaged and motivated to realize them. I also think growing up with my twin sister has taught me a lot about myself and helped me develop a critical self-reflection.

Where do you see your art taking you in the coming years, and what are your vocational goals?

Last year I worked for 22quadrat, a spatial design studio where I was able to learn a lot about how important a transdisciplinary and holistic approach of elaborating the projects I was contributing to really is. The time I spent at the studio was very precious to me and I will always be thankful for the experiences I gained and the amazing people I got to know.

Concerning the period ahead, I plan on visiting another university next year, where I can learn about the work I want to do in a more professional and focused way. I hope to be able to specialize my artistic abilities soon; right now I’m happy with working a part-time job and spending my spare time to work on my own ideas.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice or wisdom, what would it be?  

That’s a tough question... Maybe I would tell my younger self to be more patient with the things I want to achieve in life because it does take time – but in the end everything will turn out just right. 

You can find more of Chiara’s phenomenal work at her Tumblr or Instagram.