The Heroine’s Journey of Celine Schroeder

What is the best thing that I love about my work?I love that I can forget everything around me once I started painting or drawing. 

What is my idea of happiness?That you can do what you love doing the most, and be who you want to be, without judgement. 

What is my greatest fear?Don’t get me started, I have many. „The only thing to fear, is never being scared“. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?That I worry to much all day every day. And my lack of confidence. 

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?I admire people who just do what they love and go for it, no matter what. Without fear.And amazing painters, like Jenny Saville. 

What is my greatest extravagance?That I always need more striped, colored shirts. 

On what occasion would I lie?I hate it when people lie to me. I feel that I am a very honest person, it just doesn’t cross my mind that I could lie and I am a very bad liar. I think that I would tell a lie when I know it could hurt the other person very bad if I would tell them the truth. But even then, isn’t it better in the end if someone just knows the truth? 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?How it works in the artworld. Once you know the right people, when you belong to the inner circle, the doors will open for you. Just like in the real world, haha! But even worse is the fact that women-artist and artist of color are still not as present in the artworld in so many ways. We really still have to put up a fight to make people aware of that. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?Right here, right now. 

If I could, what would I change about myself?I am always that „tall girl“, so I would like to be tinier. I don’t want to stand out, which I DO want in my work. So that is a contradiction itself. The goal is not to change anything, but to work at my believe and faith in myself. Not to fit in, but to stand out, even in my length! 

What is my greatest achievement in work?That I never gave up! In art school they told me that I could’nt paint. That my work was to feminine and had a feminist character and that is a bad thing. I had to change my interest and my topic. But I never did, it only encouraged me more. 

Where would I most like to live?I always had a thing for Scandinavia. I love the nature there and I love snow! There aren’t as many people living in the country side as they are over here in The Netherlands. My dream is to have a little farm with some animals. At the same time I love the mountains in Italy, which is completely the opposite. And I still have a weak spot for the place I grew up, which is in the south of The Netherlands. 

What is my most treasured possession?I hate to lie, so I just won’t tell you. 

What is my most marked characteristic?Even though I’m an adult, I’m still very playful and I have a very colorful imagination. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?All the antiquarian bookshops. 

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?„Villa Augustus“, because they have delicious cake and a wonderful, big garden. 

What books influenced my life and how?All the books I have of female artists. It is a constant reminder that it is possible to do what you love as a woman. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?It would depend on my mood on my last day, but I only listen to music with female singers so that is one problem solved. Lately I listen a lot to K.Flay, but I also love to dance so just throw in some Haiku Hands or Sofi Tukker. 

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?Mathilda, by Roald Dahl. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?It’s impossible to answer this question, because a lot of people inspire me or I admire them for lots of different reasons. My mind just can’t focus on one aspect why someone is a hero or heroine, it can be many various matters. 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?Lola rennt, the soundtrack itself it worth it. 

What role play stories in my life and work?I love to read stories, it makes me disappear in other worlds and forget about my own. My fantasy can just go wild. In my own work I pick fragments of stories which I freeze. Most of the time I’m very direct in what I want to tell, but there is still some room left for your own story. 

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?It depends on how, where and when you tell it… 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?My dad and my partner. 

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021? I don’t like to work together with people. I just paint in my studio by my own, that is what I love to do. 

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021? There would probably be a lot of people who could make a difference in my career. But for now I like to share my work on my own terms. If a gallery would be interested, we will see what happens. 

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?Every new painting that I start.And I’m going to do a performance again after years of not doing anything in that area, which I’m preparing right now. It’s really exciting and scary at the same time, but that makes it fun! 

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?For sure on the web, because everything else is not garandeed to happen:- is going to happen is the performance I’m working on. It will be staged for a project in my city:-https://www.etalage.artAnd a small window exhibition in Amsterdam in the fall:- 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?If you are lucky, it really never does. But I think sometimes you really have to work or put up a fight for your passion and if it doesn’t knock you down, your passion will still be there. 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Evelien de Jong, a great artist from the Netherlands-Judith Aardse, artist and dreamer from the Netherlands-Kristin van der Veen, an artist from the Netherlands who also curates an artplatform for dutch artist Kerkstra, an artist from the Netherlands.-Asa Wikman, a designer and illustrator from Sweden, living in London.-Gry Gjertsen, a great artist from Norway 

How can you contact me?Via my Website or by email

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