"Disability begins in people's minds," says Katrin Bittl, who would like people to stop defining themselves as disabled or non-disabled. What makes the artist laugh, what she would do out of delusions of grandeur and how she otherwise rolls, she tells on REHACARE.com.
Name: Katrin Bittl Age: 26 City: Munich, Germany Occupation: Artist
Katrin Bittl: Absurd reactions to my art often cause great laughter. For example, an elderly lady once said that I would blight art history!
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far? Katrin Bittl: Sketch comedy – too often there were funny moments in everyday situations with strangers, passers-by or for example at the supermarket checkout. Fear of contact and misconceptions about people with disabilities sometimes inevitably lead to comedy.
Which person has influenced you most? And why? Katrin Bittl: My artist friend Eugen Kellermeier has inspired me and my artistic work. I thank him very much for his advice and wisdom, his big heart!
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first? Katrin Bittl: Out of megalomania I would rename my office and stand up for less normality and more humanity.
In her so-called overpaintings Katrin Bittl wants to reveal and make visible the real world in the works of the old masters.
What is especially near and dear to you? Katrin Bittl: I think that we should finally stop defining ourselves as disabled or non-disabled. Let's orientate ourselves by our various abilities – there is an immense potential in this.
I would like to be ... Katrin Bittl: Everything that I wish for, I will have achieved one day. Until then I would like to be relaxed!
Which question would you like to be answered the most? Katrin Bittl: Why is our society so advanced and yet so lazy? Utopia is so close and yet so far away.
What I still wanted to say... Katrin Bittl: One is only as "disabled" as one feels – sounds strange, because most barriers come from the so-called outside. However, disability begins in the minds of people. In most cases we speak of the "others", the non-disabled. All too often, however, it is precisely there that we first have to work on ourselves. Our own attitude is the mirror for others.