Corinne
on
art
as
activism

The mountain chain visible through the large windows in Corinne Weidmann’s studio isn’t just a view: it’s an integral part of her process. The sun shines over the peaks directly into her warm, creative space in Hasliberg—a small village between Engelberg and Interlaken—where she channels her passion for the natural world. Inhaling a heady mix of paint, wood and essential oils and surrounded by Corinne’s paintings and art-covered snowboards, we sat down to ask her about art as activism.

Three people walking in the snow on a glacier.
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Together for Glaciers: Art as Activism

How does your passion for the mountains influence your art?


Profile of Corinne Weidmann
Corinne WeidmannPainter

Being in the mountains gives me the opportunity to experience nature as it is—raw, wild, powerful, and incredibly beautiful. It’s this heartfelt connection to nature, and the beauty of what is, that I try to capture in my work and hope will inspire people to protect these places. Art can communicate issues and evoke emotions in people that lead to action. I hope my paintings inspire a sense of allegiance with the environment. 

"When
everyone
gives
one
drop,
it
will
become
an
ocean."

You say that a landscapes is a window into the past. Do you also record the changes in the landscapes through your art?


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Corinne WeidmannPainter

Even though my paintings are documenting one moment in time, it happens that by the time the painting is finished, the landscape has already changed. I visit Findelgletscher in Zermatt every summer which has meant I’ve been able to document the annual changes of the ice. Witnessing these changes first hand, year after year, has only strengthened my commitment to protecting special places like these.

Protecting our environment is important for both our local and global environment, how does this influence your climate action?


Profile of Corinne Weidmann
Corinne WeidmannPainter

What influences my climate action the most is the fact that we are living in a circular system in which everything is connected. The decision that I make here (in a shop for example) has an impact on the other side of the planet, not only ecologically, but also on people. By watching what we buy, we can already do a lot.The same goes for the environment; it’s really important to protect the local environment, but we have to keep in mind that it is part of the global environment. The two can’t really be separated from each other. And that’s why our climate action needs to consider both close to home and large scale issues.

Corinne Weidmann painting in front of the mountains.