Interview: Petra Dippold-Götz
Luca Curci talks with Petra Dippold-Götz during the first appointment of BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Born close to Nuremberg Petra Dippold-Götz grew up in the city of Albrecht Dürer and has always been under the spell of this fascinating artist. To improve and refine her techniques she studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Faber-Castell from 2014 to 2018. Inspired by visits of museums all over Europe, her art got influenced by Informal Art, especially by Emil Schumacher, Anselm Kiefer, Jean Dubuffet, Antoni Tapies, Alberto Burri and last not least by Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.
She is really into collages and assemblages of all kinds. She works with acrylic and oil colors, depending on the subject. With passion she processes heterogeneous materials like sand, wooden parts, trash as well as any kind of plastic. With her paintings she wants to express a passionated joy about the beauty of life, the beauty of art and the beauty of our today’s world. Additionally, she would like to draw peoples’ attention on current topics and issues, as she wants to make aware of the problems of our time like environmental destruction.
In 2019 she was invited to exhibit in the Art Austria in the gorgeous Palais Liechtenstein of Vienna. In 2019 she also took part in the ceremonial handover of her painting Germania moderna to the mayor of Sovicille as a gift from the mayor of Veitsbronn, the town where she works. In July 2020 she exhibited at Azaroartspaces in Hamburg and she was invited to take part in the Salzburg International Art Fair in August as the only artist among several galleries. Her works were shown at the Swiss Art Expo in Zurich and in October she participated in the exhibition Future Landscapes, organized by ITSLIQUID GROUP in Venice. In June 2021 she had the honor to show some of her works at the Barcelona Contemporary 2021 and in October she will take part in the New York Art Expo.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Petra Dippold-Götz – Art fills my life with joy and happiness. And art is my daily challenge! Already in my childhood art opened my eyes for the beauty of this world. A visit in a museum impressed me deeply, the story behind each artwork taught me more than days at school. Paintings teach us history and learning about the artist’s life is so interesting.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
PDG – Growing up in a social-democratic family I was a passionate admirer of Willy Brandt. We young people wanted to make the world a better place: we wanted education for the poor, the same chances for everybody, protection of our environment, a strong and united Europe in peace, no more racism and suppression. These are my roots and what influenced me most.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
PDG – I find my inspiration in our daily life, news from all over the world inspires me, photos of burning landscapes, of tortured animals. Last year I painted several COVID-19 paintings, but this year I think, we need positive vibes. Our daily life is so limited, we lost our freedom, our normality, so we have to dream. Dream of better days!
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PDG – “Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” Pablo Picasso said in 1945. For me artists play an important role in this world, they extol the beauty of life and the beauty of this world, but they also have to fight to maintain that beauty. We the artists have to draw peoples’ attention on current issues and topics like environmental destruction.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
PDG – Yes my style is changing because I love to experiment. I want to try this and that, I love to work with heterogeneous materials, but my paintings are always abstract. I want to give the viewer the freedom to watch, to interpret.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
PDG – I love the concept of analyzing the relationship between body and space, working with the hidden parts of our identities, the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. It really helped me to find my ways of expression.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
PDG – The works I showed in Barcelona focus on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul. They show surfaces in an open flow of pure ideas.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PDG – Yes! ITSLIQUID GROUP opens the world to us. You give us an international platform, this is gorgeous!! Before it was just a dream for me to see my works in Venice or Barcelona, you made it reality. I am so grateful!
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
PDG – Yes very much! I had the great pleasure to take part in the BORDERS FESTIVAL last autumn in Venice. This was wonderful! And now seeing my work in Barcelona touches me deeply. Thank you so much!!
LC – What do you think about the ITSLIQUID platform?
PDG – ITSLIQUID GROUP is very professional and perfectly organized. Thank you very much for giving me the chance to work with you!