"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.
What makes other people actually happy in life? If you ever wondered, you have come to the right place. In regular intervals REHACARE.com asks a varity of people always the same questions. What results from that? Read for yourself!