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Mobile Artists on Their Artistry – Interview with Christine Mignon from Vienna, Austria

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We are delighted to publish the sixteenth of our new styled interview entitled ‘Mobile Artists on Their Artistry’. Within this interview, we ask highly successful mobile artists twenty questions about their backgrounds, their work, social media, how Covid-19 has influenced their creative life and so much more…

Today, we are proud to feature highly talented and newly self-employed mobile artist Christine Mignon who resides in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. Her work revolves around visual storytelling, focusing on people, places and memories.

To read our other interviews in this series with Jane Schultz, Susan Latty, Cindy Karp, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Deborah Kleven Morbeto, Patty Larson, Adrian McGarry, Catherine Caddigan, Rita Colantonio, Sarah Bichachi, Marco Prado, Mehmet Duyulmuş Gerry Coe, Cynthia Morgan and Peter Wilkin please go here.

How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know your work?

I’d start by explaining that shooting with a mobile phone is considered a new category of art in many parts of the world and should be taken serious. Many people here in Austria still don’t see it that way. And then I‘d let my pictures talk, as I am not so eloquent.

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‘Band of Horses’ ©Christine Mignon

What name do you use within social media and was this a conscious decision?

I use my original name. It was a logical decision, I never really thought about having a nickname or pseudonym, as I have nothing to hide (yet).

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‘Beach Vendor’ ©Christine Mignon

What kind of family did you grow up in?

A chaotic but mostly happy family.

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‘Finally’ ©Christine Mignon

Did your childhood influence your ideas about creativity?

Yes, but for sure not enough. There were many things that were considered not appropriate, not socially acceptable or wrong, even if I grew up in the 80ies!

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‘Purple Tulip’ ©Christine Mignon

Did your parents support your creativity?

My dad was working all day, but it was he who introduced me to photography. My mum tried her best by sending me to pottery classes, learning an instrument or painting. Art is a very high value for my mum, so I suppose that had an impact on me. She told me a lot about the history of art.

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‘Shelter from the Storm’ ©Christine Mignon

When was the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?

Does “wanting to be a rock star”with 14 years count? Seriously, I never saw myself as a real artist. Maybe more like a decorator creating beauty by collecting special moments. But right now I’m about to become self employed as photographer, so I will start to see myself as an artist!

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‘Sparkling Girls’ ©Christine Mignon

What is creativity to you?

Art and being creative is something I need to do. It helps me to relax, get calm, balanced, get in touch with the “here and now”, find inner peace and happiness, but also to grow and extend my borders… Being creative is still my personal yoga.

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‘Single Swallow’ ©Christine Mignon

What did you do before (if appropriate) becoming an artist?

I used to work as a social education worker with families with disabled kids, a mentally rather exhausting job. Some month ago I quit and decided that I will try to be self employed by creating and selling my pictures. I’m not there yet, but I’m positive about my future!

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‘Go Vegan’ ©Christine Mignon

Where are you most creative?

Definitely when traveling, when I get to experience new countries, people, places, situations and especially beaches! There can never be too many beaches!

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‘Walking on Water’ ©Christine Mignon

What inspires you?

Beaches! No, just joking! I’m mostly inspired by the things that happen around me. That’s why I shoot everything, from flowers to street, from still life to landscape. Enjoy the moment!

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‘Dog Days of Summer’ ©Christine Mignon

Who inspires you?

Any other artist who manages to touch my soul, no matter whether it’s photography, painting, music, modern dance…

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‘Fancy Flamingos’ ©Christine Mignon

Does your engagement on social media help you to plan your future projects?

My future project is to have a job that I love with all my heart and soul. So yes, social media helps, as I will need to use those channels to sell my photography.

And if of course seeing other artists work is very inspiring!

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‘Jerusalem’ ©Christine Mignon

What does your average day look like?

I try to find a balance between online-work, getting out to shoot and spend time with friends, but at the moment every day is very different from the day before.

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‘Love Vienna’ ©Christine Mignon

Is it your intention to ask questions or make the viewer question what they see?

It depends on what sort of photography it is. In my street photographs I often try to make the viewer question what they see and I like pictures if they have a social aspect. My pictures of flowers, still life, landscape or animals are not supposed to ask questions but to tell the spectators that life is beautiful.

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‘Dance like no one’s watching’ ©Christine Mignon

Is there humour in your work?

I really hope so! No better thing than a good laugh or at least a smile!

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‘Beach Ballet’ ©Christine Mignon

How important is failure in your work process? Do you incorporate it into your creative process?

To fail means to grow, if you learn from that process. Sometimes failures turn out to be great pictures!

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‘White Poppy’ ©Christine Mignon

How do you deal with criticism?

I appreciate constructive criticism, as long as it’s not getting too personal by people who don’t really know me.

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‘Who you gonna call?’ ©Christine Mignon

Has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced your creative life?

Yes, a lot. On one hand I love to photograph when I travel, which is not as easy as it was before Covid. On the other hand -as a positive impact- it gave me time to reflect on my life and helped me to take the decision to try to make a living with my art.

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‘Unicorns’ ©Christine Mignon

Who dead or alive would you like to have dinner with?

Hmmm, this is a tough question. What if you choose your favorite famous person and he/she turns out to be really untalkative or dull?! David Bowie staring at the make-up on your face without noticing you? Albert Einstein talking about doing the dishes? What a disillusion! – So, I definitely would have dinner with one of my deceased grandparents, to be on the safe side!

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‘Shaking Dog’ ©Christine Mignon

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve heard and still repeat to others?

If you don’t try you will never know if would have worked!

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‘Winter Lake’ ©Christine Mignon

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‘The Musican’ ©Christine Mignon

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‘Summer at the Sea’ ©Christine Mignon

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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