Interview: Kristin Vollrath
Luca Curci talks with Kristin Vollrath during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Kristin Vollrath was born 1980 in Germany, she is based in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied business and she has a Masters Degree. She enjoys painting since her early childhood. Her primary techniques are oil and soft pastels. Motives are mainly landscapes based on her own photography. She tends to change colours to give the painting a timeless character or to create a certain atmosphere. After several local exhibitions in Germany, especially in her teenage years, she realized her first solo exhibition in Zurich in 2020.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Kristin Vollrath – I am currently working on a landscape painting showing Lake Lucerne.
LC – What’s your background?
KV – I love painting since my early childhood. What is the experience that has influenced your work the most? I attended my first art class when I was seven years old. There I learned how to mix watercolours. Later in school I had a class teacher for eight years whose passion was art. He showed us different techniques but soon I decided that oil was my favorite. I developed today’s style over the years through practice.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
KV – Most motives are based on photos I have taken. They can be the starting point for more abstraction or not, depending on the theme.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
KV – The less abstract motives, especially landscapes because I believe that in order to reflect the beauty of nature they need to look real and nature follows certain patterns, e.g. lines, many different shades of colour, which can be quite challenging to depict. In the end they should bring the mood across to the viewer.
LC – How is your creative process?
KV – In the beginning I have an idea what I would like to show. Then I start and try to get there. We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works? Both works were part of my preexisting work. Actually they were chosen by the gallery. They are both among my more abstract work. “On the River“ is driven by the colours with the main focus on the tree as centre of the composition. Longing for the world to see is actually a quite old work. I painted it in my early twenties. The kids on the boat would like to enter the sea but the waves are too high, so they have to stay. It is about challenges in life.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
KV – I very much like that you show so many different forms of art. The theme of the exhibition was well chosen as it allows room for interpretation and as such variety.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KV – Like it.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
KV – Very well organized.