Born in 1873 or 1883, depending on the source, Nina Karasek studied art at the Frauenakademie of Vienna. She became a well-known symbolic artist who, when she discovered, at the end of her twenties, her psychic abilities, began to sign the drawings inspired by these experiences with the name Joële. Was it her guardian angel ? On the other hand, it would seem that many of these works were inspired, or should we say dictated, by the great masters of the past, such as Rembrandt, Dürer, De Vinci, Goya or, closer to her, Klimt.
These drawings – now extremely rare, unlike her “standard” production – reveal, despite the obvious technical mastery of their author, a touching urgency and awkwardness particular to mediums, who are, after all, but perfect seismographs of the afterworld. Moreover, certain works are complimented by commentaries on the development of the session, and even moral or esoteric considerations, when they don’t contain characters from an unknown alphabet.
These mediumistic works of art were presented for the first time by the Christian Berst Gallery in 2008.
flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut, curators : ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienne, from february 15th to june 23rd, 2019.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, works from collection treger saint silvestre, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, from june 18th to february 28th, 2017.
entrée des médiums. spiritisme et art d'hugo à breton, maison de victor hugo, paris, from october 18th, 2012 to january 20th, 2013.
exhibition catalogue, flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut, ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, kehrer verlag, heidelberg, 2019.
exhibition catalogue, entrée des médiums. spiritisme et art d'hugo à breton, paris-musées, paris, 2012.
exhibition catalogue, eredita del simbolismo, roberto roda, ed. sometti, mantoue, 200