Interview: Birgit Günther
Luca Curci talks with Birgit Günther, during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at The Room Contemporary Art Space
Birgit Günther is an artist living in Germany whose paintings have received great national and international attention in group and solo exhibitions in Switzerland, England, Spain and Italy. After studying interior design, she worked creatively in offices for many years. The painting took a back seat. Since she gave up working in the office, she was able to devote herself entirely to painting again and establish the connection between design and painting.
Luca Curci – What is art for you? Birgit Günther – For me, art is the opportunity to process feelings, experiences, current events, nature and humanity and to be able to express myself freely without fear. It is an alternative to linguistic thinking and allows perception to become visible on another level. It is the greatest asset in creativity and diversity, a process that takes place every day. It is timeless and independent, intuitive and open, but it can also contain critical aspects. Abstract art leaves a lot of scopes for your own fantasies and thoughts and for me is an interpretation of what I have experienced. Concrete art dictates a lot and is characterized by the exact reproduction of what is seen. Everything has its justification and everyone should decide for themselves or not, an evaluation is not required.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
BG – Due to my degree in interior design, I came into contact with design and painting at an early age. Through intensive study of other artists and careful observation as well as my own creativity I came to my extraordinary style. My interest in different materials, structures, colours, shapes and details distinguishes my abstract works of art. In my work, I want to create tensions, overlays and often irritations and surprises that captivate and attract the viewer. My works of art are coloured – like the world I am living in – and let everyone feel the joie de vivre they contain. The perspective changes with each new viewing. My points of view are also
repeatedly put into focus, updated and redefined during the work process. Everything stays in flux.
LC – How is your creative process?
BG – I start with an idea that initially exists in my head for a long time and takes shape, whereby I experience changes over and over again in the course of the work process and get involved with them. In the beginning, I don’t have any very specific ideas about what the abstract work of art will look like in the end. It’s intuition. When I work on a topic, I first start with rough charcoal drawing on the canvas to determine the composition and proportions. Then I set my colours, surfaces, lines and structures clearly and decisively. The entire colour palette is available, is used skillfully, painterly and lively. Layer by layer is applied, varied, changed and reconsidered. The resulting compositions are powerful and lively. The lightness in the pictures is created by a lively brushstroke. Structures result from a mix of materials, glazes and paint applications. Again and again, I look at what is emerging, turn the canvas to get new impulses. Accents are set and raise new questions that look for answers in the picture. Ultimately, however, I know exactly when a work of art is finished. Every new work of art is a further development of the previous one and presents me with new challenges. It’s a creative, interesting process that goes on and that I am happy to face.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
BG – My abstract works of art are always based on a theme that I interpret. There can be different approaches, often it is natural themes that emerge during a walk or shapes and colours that evoke a meaning or a feeling. But people are also a great potential to work figuratively. My will to create creativity and design that resides in me always brings out new things and is wealth and abundance for every topic.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
BG – When an artwork is finished, I am often surprised at the result. During the work process, I immerse myself in another world, forget what is around me and am very focused on what is created on the canvas. Everything is in flux and makes me feel safe. To see the finished work amazes me and shows me again and again how much creativity there is in me and perhaps in every person. With friends, I accept the exchange and recognition from others. In my work, I feel the freedom to be able to express myself without coercion.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event?
BG – Shapes and colours are timeless. They stand to one another, separate, demarcate and yet flow into one another. They are everywhere – in the universe, in nature, in interpersonal relationships. Everything happens for a reason. My art should cause people to perceive the positive and the joy in what they do. My vision is that every person becomes aware of his abilities and uses them positively in his life.
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
BG – Shapes and colours are a strong communication system with their own language and endless possibilities of expression. They create spaces that have to be filled with the emotions, spirit, soul and identity of each individual and over and over again. Time and space are fluid and challenge us to enter a new dimension. I want to encourage people to really perceive themselves, to let go of the ego and to feel free to go unfamiliar paths – courage pays off. You have to believe in yourself and perceive changes in a positive way.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
BG – The two artworks “Red Shapes” and “Green Shapes” are part of a series of 5 works of art that deal with colours, shapes, space and time. The 3 works not shown are “Blue Shapes”, “Yellow Shapes” and “Orange Shapes”. Structures, colours and shapes combine to form a unit and reflect the big picture. New forms emerge, are perceived, others leave or disappear. Ultimately, everything that is individual can only survive as a community as a whole.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
BG – ITSLIQUID platform is an extensive, active platform that offers many artists the opportunity to show their art. It is contemporary, versatile and up-to-date. I am happy to be part of this platform.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
BG – The organization of the event is very pleasant and runs smoothly and quickly. The exhibition rooms in Venice are of high quality and unique. It is a dream to be able to exhibit there. Professional support is available from the team and employees when you need it.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
BG – I really appreciate the collaboration and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to other artists in all media.
LC – What do you think about our services?
BG – The services are comprehensive and professional. Questions are answered quickly and the care and support are helpful at all times.