Interview: Elisabeth Schutting
Luca Curci talks with Elisabeth Schutting during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Elisabeth Schutting (*1973 in Innsbruck/Austria) is educated as a Graphic-Designer. She studied in Innsbruck, Salzburg, at the Art Academy of Bologna and the University of arts in Linz. Primarily she works as a painter, additionally she deals with collages and mixed media, especially in the field of video art. Elisabeth Schutting’s work has been shown in Austria, in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck but also internationally for example at the Nottingham Playhouse, UK. Since 2019 Schutting is lecturer in the department for the art teacher training in Innsbruck. She submitted two very new artworks, from 2020, for the exhibition. “The idea of these collages made on paper” – she said – “is to represent motives from medias in a completely new context”. The first picture shows a potato plant together with a drawing of a film-still. The second picture shows a motive from touristic promotional material, together with a skull and a pictogram of the Corona-virus. The connotations aren’t logical or scientifically, the pictures are products of the artist’s imagination and her view of social and historical correlations.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Elisabeth Schutting – For me, art is a great field of experimentation in which I can express myself in different media. This does not have to be scientific or journalistic – but very personal and also irrational. I receive ideas and impulses from newsletters, radio podcasts or the everyday life and combine these starting points with individual Associations
LC – What are you currently working on?
ES – At the moment I am reworking old paintings – a kind of vintage project. I use unfinished works on paper or pictures don’t like anymore. Parts of the works remain, others I paint over and bring them into new contexts. I work about plastic garbage, or about Louise Bourgeoise, and one more about discovering journeys. It is always a mix of painted and drawn parts and sometimes written words.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
ES – I start with an idea, but I don’t know what the result will look like at the end. I often have to revise my pictures, make things clearer or repaint to get the perfect composition of colour and the division of the pictorial elements. It often takes me a long time to be satisfied with the result.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
ES – The style and the content of my work has not changed so much, but the medium in which I express myself. In recent years I have been working in the field of video art and have also experimented in object art. At the moment I like to work analogous on paper.
LC How is being an artist nowadays?
ES – Being an artist is a wonderful profession, although it’s hard to make money from it. I often think about who I make art for – for gallery visitors, people who want to hang pictures in their homes, art collectors or just for myself? It happens that I have the impression, art offers a kind of counterculture to consumerism. I like this progressive idea.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
ES – The dominant theme of the last few months has been Covid-19. Borders have taken on a new meaning in this context. That’s why I chose this picture for the Venice international Art Fair. In Tirol, the party event, called Après Ski, is an important part of winter tourism. My work focuses on aspects and associations on the subject, showing the ambivalence of winter fun and Covid-drama.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
ES – Presenting art and operating a digital platform is a very important opportunity for me to present my work internationally.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
ES – The ITSLIQUID Group is very professional and committed.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ES – I’m sure. Many excellent but not so well-known artists get the opportunity to present their work here.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
ES – The service delivers what it promises.