Paulina’s Friends: Welcome to Berlin, Ema.M! You say you have just moved here in order to start a new life – is this a personal
as well as professional decision? What does Berlin mean to you?
Ema.M: My Life felt empty, and my paintings were very loaded — full of detail, which was certainly to fill this moral and intellectual hole. I need to love, learn, see, feel and suffer to advance. I didn’t find this in Cannes, a place so beautiful but so poor at intellectual level. There were too many fake people without sensitivity and emotion. My life was too easy and boring. I came here several times, and I found a city as energetic as New York twenty years ago.
Berlin is charming and full of surprise. The people are so nice and really cool. I fell in love with the City in December 2016 and left everything to live here. I feel free, and my pictures are free, because my life is full. Berlin equals art, charm, expression, culture, emotions, vibration and love.
PF: What is your opinion on the current social and political situation in France?
Ema.M: My country today is Iike a star that aged badly. What a pity! We remain on our achievements; we are too lazy and fear improvisation. Unfortunately, the panache is not eternal! Politically, the situation is serious, because we do not have worthy candidates to raise the beautiful country.
PF: Share with us how you became an artist.
Em.M: I have always drawn, since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. My first painting was a lion, which I made when I was 3 years old. It was hung in the entrance to my kindergarten. My mother had always taken me to museums. I went to advertising school in Paris (Art Graphique), and to Central Saint Martin’s in London. Here, I also worked as a designer for Saatchi and Saatchi. But it was in 1990 that I really felt the vital need to be an artist, and I went into the orders Iike a nun at the covenant.
PF: In Your work, you explore numerous forms – painting, sculpture, even interior design. Do you see yourself as an all-round artist?
Ema.M: My love to create is endless! I bring objects to life. This is like child birth to me, a surprise, a challenge and a joy.
PF: Does functionality lessen the value of art?
Ema.M: Art is a powerful feeling that is posed on a support, a power, a message. It is not a commercial product or movement. It comes from the guts.
PF: Where does your inspiration come from?
Ema.M: Everyday life, my emotions – what I feel, see, love, hate.
PF: Very often you repaint or completely change your paintings. What drives you to do this?
Ema.M: I’m never satisfied. My emotions are different every day. I change my paintings all the time – it’s why my agent in Cannes keeps them away from me!
PF: You talk about your ‚bubble‘. What is this?
Ema.M: It is my private house with God and it’s so peaceful. Just him and me, my creation.
PF: What are you hoping to do, both in life and in art, in the future?
Ema.M: I want to keep this trust for life, to love and create. I want a large studio or workshop. I want to continue to exhibit my work around the world.