Desiree Ickerodt is an artist and film maker who resides in London. Hermes sent Colyn Boyce to have a chat with her about her work and her art.
Hermes: In what media do you work?
DI: I have worked in all kinds of media. For two-dimensional work I have used soft pastels, oil pastels, water colours, oil paint, acrylic paint. For sculptures I experimented with clay, plaster and Perspex. I now mainly use the medium of film.
Hermes: When did you begin as an artist?
DI: I went to my first painting class at the age of four. When can an artist really be called an artist? When I went to art college, the tutors asked us in the first year, ‘When would you say that you have made it in the art world?’. When I finished my art degree in 2014, I felt that no one outside of myself can validate me. I can only really validate myself.
Hermes: Were have you displayed?
DI: In London I displayed my work in Cork Street, in Vyner Street, in Nunhead cemetery, in the Polish Social & Cultural Association and APT Gallery – just to name a few. In New York I displayed my work in the Angel Orensanz Foundation, Manhatten.
In 2019 my film What Happens When We Die? became a finalist at Model N Movie International Short Film Festival.
Here is a link to What Happens When We Die?
Here is a link to all exhibitions and film screenings:
Hermes: If you had to describe your work, what ‘category’ or ‘categories’ would you use?
DI: I feel my work can be meditative. My paintings could inspire meditative states. In my films I am more and more interested in the subject of death and dying and what life is really about. I focus on film projects that explore a deeper meaning to life. I am concerned with the intangible, invisible, with hidden truths.
Hermes: What inspiration – people, organisations etc – do you have for your work?
DI: Mediation, especially Raj Yoga meditation, and altered states of consciousness can be an inspiration for my work. Artists who have inspired me are light artist James Turrell and video artist Bill Viola. In terms of organisations, the Theosophical Society inspired me. When I read the Proem that is part of the Secret Doctrine, I felt inspired to make the film Crossing the Horizon, which was also my final piece for my Fine Art degree show in 2014.
Here is a link to Crossing the Horizon:
Hermes: When did you make your first direct contact with the Theosophical Society and begin making sculptures?
DI: I started attending talks at the Theosophical Society in 2000 and then began studying Fine Art in 2009, I started making sculptures, which felt quite organic and liberating at the time. But in the end, I came to the medium film, which I think is magical, as it is so well suited to showing inner states of consciousness and how we process memories.
Hermes: Where would you like to see yourself as an artist in 10, 15 or 20 years?
DI: I hope I will be making a lot more films where I further explore esoteric subjects that may or may not be so mainstream at the current time. My secret wish is to make a science fiction film.
Hermes: Anything else you would like to add?
DI: I am currently working on a film project about Reincarnation until next year. I am still looking for people to participate in this project. I would like to interview people who remember past-lives or had similar déjà vu experiences. If you feel you belong to this category or would like to know more about this project, please get in touch with me on . Then I am happy to tell you more. Please feel free to check out my website: www.desireeickerodt.com