"I like to swim in the unknown, it’s my favourite pool for creation"

Monika Deimling - 1989, Poland / Germany

Artist with a focus on photography, embroidery and art film.

Specialty: constant stream of thoughts.

Let’s start with the basics, where are you from?


I can give you a small riddle. I was born in a country, which recently implemented a near-total

ban on abortion and it’s the government who decides about women’s body. If you know which

country I mean then I feel shame that our government is doing so bad that it’s all over the

news. On the other hand, if you don’t know anything about it, I am happy to raise awareness,

because Polish women need support in this absurd situation. I’m Polish, born in a small town

and living between Poland and Germany.




Do you have some German roots?

Not that I know of, but I’m married to a German artist and I decided to steal his surname.


Anything else you stole from him?

Sure! A relationship is all about permanent stealing! I steal his evening with a talk, I steal his

duvet in the night, I steal his toothpaste, pen, sweaters and of course his smile because it’s

contagious. This type of theft has its unique beauty and often leads to our artistic

collaboration. There are mainly two paths I follow artistically, one is through individual

researches and another is a collaboration with my husband.



I steal his evening with a talk, I steal his duvet in the night, I steal his toothpaste, pen, sweaters and of course his smile because it’s contagious.

I want to look closer at your individual work. I’m intrigued by the beauty you see in these

little actions that you called theft.


I am an observer and a thinker, these are my two favourite activities. I’m flooded by thoughts

on a daily basis and some people say that if they would think as often as I do, they would simply

die. I feed my thoughts with observations and there are many aspects I could mention in this

regard. I can observe something or someone here and now, look at each detail, from far away

and from a little distance. However, observing doesn’t stop at here and now, I am also looking

back A LOT. I get stuck with some memories, revisit them many times and try to understand

them. I like to swim in the unknown, it’s my favourite pool for creation.



I’m wondering if someone ever said: „What are you staring at?!”.



Good point! That’s strange, but I cannot recall any situation like this. I think I trained to be

invisible so much, that people hardly ever notice when I look. Another sentence that I hear

though would be „Why are you smiling?!”.