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DISTRICT Magazine Cover story

17/10/2018

Cover story about Julia Hanzl: “The face is the mirror of all emotions“

Issue #16, 16/10/2018

We meet the Mödling sculptor Julia Hanzl at Schrannenplatz in Mödling. She has brought a special sculpture to our meeting, which immediately attracts everyone’s attention – a screaming, bald, naked woman with a life-size animal. You do not see such a thing every day and we observe the reactions of passers-by from afar. Nobody can pass the sculpture without venturing an astonished look. Many also want to touch the sculpture, but there Julia Hanzl is careful, because the preparation of the mainly ceramic sculpture was very elaborate.

“I model my sculptures out of clay, which I then burn to ceramics, but also cast in bronze, aluminum and brass.

She has also designed her own porcelain collection for Augarten. An order that still makes them proud today, because many famous Austrian artists, such as Ernst Fuchs or Arik Brauer, have also worked for the porcelain manufactory.

Her contemporary sculptures are also very popular in the USA. There understanding of figurative art is even more pronounced than in Austria. It has just recently been voted one of the world’s most important figurative artists by a recognized New York expert jury. She was also 2016 Lower Austrian of the Year.

DISTRICT:

In Mödling you are planning an exhibition of your sculptures for the “Lange Einkaufsnacht” on September 28th. What exactly awaits the Mödlinger late-night shoppers this evening?

Julia Hanzl:

Let yourself be surprised, there will certainly be a few eye-catching exhibits of mine in the Tintin.Design Shop!

DISTRICT:

Has it always been clear to you that you want to become an artist?

Julia Hanzl:

No, not at all. I graduated in sports science and studied art history, and then decided to go to art, because art has always played a big role in our family.

DISTRICT:

How did you start? How do you become an artist in Austria?

Julia Hanzl:

It started with a head modeled by a Mödling ceramicist in the studio.

Since then I am fascinated by the material clay, which I then burn to ceramic in the studio. Meanwhile, I also pour a lot in bronze and other metals, because galleries

Prefer metal sculptures. I have found very prestigious galleries relatively quickly, and most of my sculptures are currently exhibited in the Galerie Artziwna in the center of Vienna and in the Gugging Gallery. My works are also presented in galleries in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

DISTRICT:

Why do you model your heads so bizarre and expressive in your sculptures?

Julia Hanzl:

I just love heads, especially faces. The face is the mirror of all emotions and emotions also determine my entire art.

DISTRICT:

At which places in Mödling do you get your inspiration for your works?

Julia Hanzl:

In Mödling I enjoy the peace and nature. During forest walks I can switch off well and when running in nature, I come up with new ideas.

DISTRICT:

You are certainly traveling abroad a lot. What keeps you in Mödling?

Julia Hanzl:

I have moved away from Mödling several times, but always felt the need to come back. Here are my roots and only here I feel really at home.

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