Interview: Greta Schnall
Luca Curci talks with Greta Schnall, winner of the Honorable Mention during the ITSLIQUID International Contest – 7th edition.
Greta Schnall, born 1964 in Simbach on the Inn in Germany, Bavaria. In 1984 she graduated from high school. In 1989 exam of nursing. In 1989 she moved to Chiemgau, where she later joined the Laufener Kunstverein. In the 2000s, she began digitally rediscovering the photography that she had previously inspired by analogy. In 2006 she started specializing in nature photography, especially macro-photography. In 2008 she began with digital image processing. Around 2010 she started working on architectural photography and she continues expanding her digital editing methods to this day. In addition to 1st place at the Docma Award trainee in 2013, she was several times finalist at other awards. The latest awards is the WAA Women’s Art Award, named MUSA International Art Space 2019 in Venice, 2019 Finalist Certification Spectrum Miami Art Fair Competition with Circle Foundation for the Arts and 2019 Finalist Certification for Competing for Exhibition at Art Expo New York April 2020, with Artavita. She is constantly exhibiting her early works in medical practices and clinics in Chiemgau. In addition to a previous exhibition in Switzerland, Greta Schnall then exhibited solo or in groups in various cities in Germany. Her latest participations in group exhibitions were in 2019 and 2020. These took place twice in Venice at the 2019 Biennale, in London at the London Contemporary International Art Fair, The Line Contemporary Art Space and in Prague at We Contemporary Art Show 2019, in Topic Salon. In 2020, for now, she participate in the exhibition with the title: “Befreite Kunst” at the ‘Marziart’ Gallery in Hamburg.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Greta Schnall – My work as a registered nurse and a co-therapist in psychosomatic medicine influences and motivates me in my artistic efforts. My job is pretty demanding and my artwork supports me in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It gives me sense of fulfillment and provides a creative contrast to my profession.
LC – What role the artist play in the society? And contemporary art?
GS – The artists play a very important and fundamental role in the society. With their work the artists provide the opportunity for a creative and calming confrontation with the reality. Their work is able to expand our horizons almost indefinitely. I think contemporary art brings energetic, progressive power to the art world, shows the viewer new forms of expression and new perspectives. Contemporary art opens up new possibilities for creative expression and thus also generating completely new worlds with diverse forms of representation.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GS – Cubism and Op-Art influence my work. I get my inspiration from snapshots of the metropolitan cities, from photographing modern, residential and industrial buildings that I keep discovering.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GS – These days, I feel an artist needs to discover a unique, very own distinctive style to position and present themselves well in the community. I also believe that the artists should not conform to commercial pressure or trends and change their style because of it. If any change should come, it should be because of growth, own impulse and desire.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
GS – My creations have changed over the years. At first I was working with unprocessed, large-format nature subjects, then proceeded to processed nature themes. In recent years to extremely edited, mostly abstract architectural motifs.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GS – Itsliquid Group provides a platform for the most diverse types of artists, such as contemporary art, architecture, design and fashion. The Group continuously offers various opportunities for the artists to present themselves and develop further by organizing various events, contests, interviews and virtual meetings.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GS – Working with Itsliquid Group offers me exciting opportunities and have been an enrichment for me and my art.