Interview: Greta Schnall
Luca Curci talks with Greta Schnall during the 4th Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Medina Art Gallery.
Greta Schnall is a digital artist. Since 2006, Greta Schnall has specialized in nature photography, especially macro photography. She later discovered landscape photography for herself. In 2008 she began with digital image processing, which she soon practised with increasing effort. Around 2010 she started to work with architectural photography. Especially in this area, she is continuously expanding her digital processing methods to this day. She loves cubism, surrealism and architecture. In her works she tries to bring these themes together. Her statement: “My main focus is photography with extreme digital editing processing. This means that I am creating pictures and graphics from architectural, natural and abstract subjects with often surreal components. My favourite themes are the front facades of modern buildings or parts of them, which I’m digitally editing and finally changing into an abstract digital creation. Above all, I would like to show how the simple, often depressing architecture in photos can be changed imaginatively and excitingly with extreme image processing. In this way, you can go from the functional to the purely imaginative motif, which you can be inspired by in a variety of ways.” In addition to some solo exhibitions in Germany in recent years, her latest participations in group exhibitions were in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Germany, Swizerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Spain, France, Sweden and USA.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Greta Schnall – I’ve always been fascinated by photos of skyscrapers or skylines of the world’s metropolises. since I don’t have such motifs in my environment, I tried to make the motifs more impressive with digital image processing.
LC – How important is the editing process in your work? How’s yours?
GS – The editing process is at least as important to me as the photograph, often even more important.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GS – I find my inspiration in new construction areas of cities and there on modern residential and industrial buildings.
LC – How is your creative process?
GS – First I photograph the facade or part of a facade of a modern building. I then edit this photo digitally with several programs and steps.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GS – My themes are modern architecture and sometimes nature in an imaginative form. My preferred subject is the extreme digital processing of modern architectural motifs.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
GS – Yes, I agree with its vision. ITSLIQUID is a term for modern, exciting, diverse and aesthetic art and design and I think that’s what characterizes the art of the future. I find the two themes, MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES, significant, contemporary, at the same time forward-looking and certainly suitable for many artists.
LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
GS – This artwork “Red” in particular is intended to show that modern, simple and cool architecture can also be imaginative, warm and sensual.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GS – I think that because of its variety of art forms and the high quality and frequent exhibitions, artists have good opportunities at ITSLIQUID.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GS – I have been in contact with ITSLIQUID as an artist for years and feel that I am in good hands with the various employees as well as with the diverse representation and exhibition offers.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
GS – All in all I find the offer of ITSLIQUID very good and sufficient. I would only like to see some more connections with other portals, such as “Artfacts”, the artist ranking site.