Zizi Rincolisky was born and raised in Cologne Germany in 1956. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Philology, History of Arts and Art Psychology as well as a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. From 1976 to 1984, Zizi... Read More
Zizi Rincolisky was born and raised in Cologne Germany in 1956. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Philology, History of Arts and Art Psychology as well as a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. From 1976 to 1984, Zizi Rincolisky completed several internships in contemporary art galleries in Cologne, Frankfurt and New York, for example at Galerie Heiner Friedrich (Dia Art Foundation) where she was exposed to works of Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Richard Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra... In 1977 she assisted in installing Walter de Maria’ s ‘Earth Room’ in Soho, New York. Already very early she became acquainted with the aesthetics of conceptual art of the 70ies. Besides her work in galleries she focused on ‘art psychology’(1979-83) at the University of Cologne, taught by Professor Frie- drich Heubach, who in 1992 became professor for psychology at the ‘Kunstakademie Düsseldorf ’ in Germany. From 1968 to 1975 Heubach edited the journal ‘Interfunktionen’ in which contemporary artistes published their work. In 1983 Zizi Rincolisky completed her Master degree in philology, history of arts and art psychology at the University of Cologne. Besides her studies in the early eighties Zizi became actively involved in the developing punk scene of wild, expressive art which seemed to have been a reaction to the very reduced and systematic concept art of the seventies. As a student she worked in bars and galleries in Cologne, where she became acquainted with artists of the 80ies group ( the Young Wild Ones). In 1985 she started her studies in Clinical Psychology in Marburg, Germany where she completed her Master of Science degree in 1989. A few weeks later she went to Asia and Australia on a ‘work-travel’ visa for almost one year and decided to return to Australia as permanent resident for two years. During that time she not only worked as a clinical psychologist at the University Hospital of Melbourne, in the Department of Psychiatry, but she felt so inspired by the landscape of the Australian Outback, that she decided to create the installations ‘Alienation and Separation’ (http://www.zizirincolisky.com/ installations_en.html). Zizi Rincolisky then returned to Europe in 1993 and worked in London as a clinical psychologist at Guy’s University Hospitals. Besides her work she began a training-analysis according to the teachings of Jacques Lacan, the French philosopher and psychoanalyst. During this time, she continued producing her own artworks, which were exhibited at the Art Trail in Cork, Ireland . In 2001 Zizi Rincolisky moved to Brussels, where she worked with children from the European schools in creative domains, e.g. video and lm, theatre and improvisation, sculpture and painting. During this period, she produced 5 theatre plays and 6 lms with children and adolescents, besides undergoing training in editing for 2 years. In 2001 she exhibited her work in a group show at Brigitte Schenk Gallery in Cologne, in 2007 she performed ‘la mer-la mere at the West Cork Art Centre and in 2008 she performed a similar version at the Doswell Gallery in West Cork. In 2010 she was part of a group show at the West Cork Art Centre and in 2010 and 2011 she performed ‘Solitary Confinement and l’Amour Fou’ at the festival 100 degree in Berlin at the Hau 3.From 2013 to 2017 she opened and directed her own gallery in Brussels, which she conducted with the concept of artistic polarity. A research project about the outcome of the artists’ collaboration can be soon found on the webpage of the gallery in PDF format. After having closed the gallery, she opened a space for artists in the European quarter of Brussels, ‘Espace Franklin 92’ with the aim of enabling a public discourse, thus abandoning the isolation of a gallery.Zizi Rincolisky’s personal philosophy is to polarize aesthetics with psychopathology, to fluctuate between these two poles.
I am a visual artist and filmmaker working around the individual and the collective unconscious.