From murals to tattoos, Carola Deutsch is a complete artist and designer who sees art everywhere and in everything. If you’re an admirer of contemporary art, you’ll love her work!
Carola Deutsch grew up with one goal: to find a job where she could use a pencil at least once per day! Eventually, she realized that an artist doesn’t have many opportunities to be hired. This was the beginning of a thriving family business. Carola and sister, Sabrina, decided to create a studio where they could exercise their artistic freedom in the areas they enjoy most: painting, graphic design and tattoo.
Once upon a time
Carola’s a hardworking woman whose days consists of lots of thinking and finding inspiration. By keeping her inner balance in line, she’s able to find the peace needed to create. Many artists are always self-critical of their work (I know I am with my writing). Carole says ‘Perfection lies within imperfection’. When Carole Deutsch was in Elementary School, she had her first artistic gig: to paint all window fronts of the school. As she re-calls it ‘This was my first wall-painting’.
Inked Cartel: How has your practice change over time?
Carola Deutsch: As an artist one has the urge to continue to develop. Thus, from time to time, one changes his views on different things or methods of conversion. My two main areas, Tattoo and Painting, which I have specialized in, give a basic dynamic:
Whenever I create a pictures I am inspired by tattoo art. And whenever I develop tattoo designs, the painting inspires me. Thus, change is inevitable.
Carola’s elegant graphic style, often resembles Cubism, Expressionism (and sometimes even Futurism). Some of her favorite artists are Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo, Picasso and Gerhard Richter. Her most recent pride is located at the Art Gallery ‘Cage’ in Barcelona and she explains in her own words ‘The very special feature of the project was the union between a mural painting and tattooing. It was a very demanding implementation which took place over several levels. In the end, all layers did unify in a large image, including a back-tattoo’.
Inked Cartel: What food, drink, song inspires you?
Carola: Despite being inspired by the many artists she idolizes, she’s also inspired by music and food (who isn’t, am I right?). A combination of her friend’s band “ThreeJazz” with a glass of good red wine and a bowl of grapes and board of cheese sets the mood for some creativity to transpire.
Inked Cartel: Favorite or most inspirational place?
Carola: The sea and the mountains. With both, it is the endless expanse that makes your heart beat faster and at the same time you feel so carefree as seldom else. It is important to visit these places more often to get a clear overview of the really important things in life.
deCasa é su Casa!
Private murals, corporate brand designs, art exhibits, book covers, tattoos: the creativeness inside of deCasa, truly makes you feel like su Casa (pun totally intended). This small boutique design studio, based in old town Graz (Austria) is owned by Carola and sister Sabrina. While Sabrina acts as Designer and Marketing Manager, Carola represents the artistic side of deCasa with her paintings, murals, and tattoos.
Inked Cartel: What art do you most identify with?
Carola: For me, tattoo art and painting are on a similar level. I could not tell which one attracts me more. For me it is purely the technique which is difficult to distinguish. In the tattoo area, it is primarily the three-dimensionality of the object around which my art is wrapped. In painting, it is the growing formats that always demand me.
Inked Cartel: What’s your scariest experience?
Carola: It is difficult to find a scale for what experience was the most terrible or the most beautiful. But the at least last worst experience I had to make was 5 years ago when we had to put my cat to sleep. He quietly went to sleep after 18 years in my arms.
Inked Cartel: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Carola: At the moment I am working on a picture series dealing with jazz music. My boyfriend has had a lot of influence in this, because he is a saxophonist and inspires me! It is not only with his way of expressing himself, but also with his completely tattoo-free body, which, as he says, is my blank canvas.
Who is Carole Deutsch?
Name something you love, and why.
I love rainy days and cloudy weather in autumn. At this time an incredible calm returns. The school starts, the university goes on, vacation is over. Everything returns to a regulated life once again. The cooler air lets you breathe and the grey weather lets you work relaxed.
Carola is someone who love rainy days and cloudy autumn weather, when the cooler air lets you breathe and the grey sky allows you to be more relaxed. When asked what superpower she’d have and why, she answers “The Flash! There is always too little time in my life, because you want very often more speed or perfect stillness”.
Currently, Carola is working on a picture series dealing with jazz music (her saxophonist boyfriend is an inspiration). She adds ‘It is not only with his way of expressing himself, but also with his completely tattoo-free body, which, as he says, is my blank canvas’.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Life is uncertain – eat dessert first!” A piece of advice I often give and follow.
What wouldn’t you do without?
Without my brushes and tattoo machine.
We can agree that Carola’s talented being will take her far. With a humble heart and a soul that truly speaks her heart, you can see the passion in her work. An artist’s goal should only be of one existential movement: forward, and that’s what she’s doing. We warned you earlier on that you’d fall in love! Check out deCasa website to learn more about their designs and don’t forget to follow Carola on Instagram.