Zizi Rincolisky primarily writes texts about her experiences in different continents, countries and cultures. But writing alone is not enough for her. She searches for a visual image that approaches her idea about how these words containing meaning can be transformed into the thing, the object of art. The latter could be an installation, a painting, a photograph or text combined with drawings. But even this is not enough, Zizi wants encore, which she transforms into en corps in her performances and her films by using her body as a third element in addition to the composition of text object . Her work is inspired by the theory and practice of the philosopher and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, who differs from the other analysts by his new definition of ‘feminine enjoyment’, beyond Freud for whom ‘anatomy is destiny.’

On the level of ’being’, a woman looks for ‘more’ (encore), beyond the limit of the phallus, what Lacan calls ‘surplus jouissance.’ This encore or surplus jouissance passes through each of the artist work like a leitmotiv.


Short Biography

Zizi Rincolisky (artist name)

Zizi Rincolisky was born and raised in Cologne Germany in 1956.
She holds a Masters Degree in English Philology, History of Arts and Art Psychology as well as a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology.
Zizi Rincolisky did several internships in contemporary art galleries in Cologne and New York from 1976 to 1980, for example at Galerie Heiner Friedrich where she was exposed to works of Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Richard Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra... In 1977 she assisted in installing Walter de Maria's 'Earth Room' in Soho, New York. Thus already very early she became acquainted with the aesthetics of conceptual art of the 70ies.
Besides her work in the galleries she focused on 'art psychology' at the University of Cologne, taught by Professor Friedrich Heubach , who in 1992 became professor for psychology at the 'Kunstakademie Düsseldorf' in Germany. From 1968 to 1975 Heubach edited the journal 'Interfunktionen' in which contemporary artistes published their work.
In 1983 Zizi Rincolisky completed her Master degree in Philology, History of Arts and Art Psychology at University of Cologne. Besides her studies in the early eighties Zizi became actively involved in the developing punk scene of wild, expressive art which seemed to have been a reaction to the very reduced and systematic concept art of the seventies. She worked in bars and galleries, where and became acquainted with artists of the 80ies group (The Young Wild Ones). In 1985 she started her studies in Clinical Psychology in Marburg, Germany where she completed her Master of Science degree in 1989. In the same year she went to Asia and Australia on a ‘work-travel’ visa for almost one year and remained in Australia as a permanent resident for two years. There she worked as a clinical psychologist at the University Hospital of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry.

Zizi Rincolisky then returned to Europe in 1993 and worked in London as a clinical psychologist at one of the University Hospitals. There, besides her work she began a training-analysis by Jacques Lacan, the French philosopher and psychoanalyst. In 1996, after the birth of her second child, she moved to Cork in Ireland with her family where she had her third child in 1999. During this time she actively started to produce her own art, several installations, performances and short films that were exhibited in the Art Trail in Cork. In 2001 the family moved to Brussels in Belgium, where she worked with children from the European schools in creative domains, e.g .video and film, theatre and improvisation, sculpture and painting. During this time she produced 5 theatre plays and 6 films with children and adolescents, besides undergoing training in film editing for 2 years.
In her personal artistic films (l'Amour Fou and the Extraterrestrial Hermaphrodite), children always play an essential part. Even in her latest film 'the Other woman', children participated in a family context.

Zizi Rincolisky's personal philosophy is to polarize aesthetics with psychopathology, to fluctuate between these two poles. These poles contain sexuality (adult and -childhood), religion, the formation of symptoms and disorders combined with images of the beauty of nature and visual art.


Curriculum vitae

2001 Completion of Psychoanalytic training according to the theory and practice of the
French Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, London
1989 Masters of Science, Psychology, University of Marburg, Germany
1983 Masters of Arts, English Philology, Art Psychology, History of Arts University of
Cologne, Germany

2013 Screenwriting workshop with Robert McGee, London
1977 Assistant in Dia Art Foundation, New York
1984 Assistant in Galerie Heiner Erhard for contemporary art, Frankfurt, Germany

2013 Corps Morcelé (The body in pieces), group show,” Studio Brugmann, Brussels, Belgium
2010 Am I man or am I woman, group show, West Cork Art Center; Skibbereen, Ireland
2001 Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel, group show Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany

2013 Pikachu and L’Amour Fou , Hebbel Theater Berlin, Festival 100°, Germany
2011 Solitary Confinement, Hebbel Theater Berlin, Festival 100°,Germany
2009 das Ding, Atelier Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium
2008 La Mer-La Mère, Rosscarbery, West Cork, Ireland

2016 The other woman, Studio Brugmann Film, Brussels
2014 The Extraterrestrial Hermaphrodite, Studio Brugmann Film
2012 L’amour fou, Studio Brugmann Film
2010 Solitary Confinment, Studio Brugmann Film
The Irish Dream, Studio Brugmann Film

2016 Best Shorts Competition Award, San Diego, California
Hong Kong Art House Film Festival, official selection
Laiffa Awards, official selection, Los Angeles, California
Trans(m)it Festival, Philadelphia
Central Florida Film Festival, official selection
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Allemagne, open screening
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland, open screening