Interview: Rita Klein
Luca Curci talks with Rita Klein during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at The Room Contemporary Art Space.
Klein was born in South Africa but she currently lives and works in Germany. She studied at UNISA SA and had her first exhibition in 1979 in Pretoria. Up until now, she participated in over 100 exhibitions held in galleries in South Africa, Europe and Mexico. Her work is represented in public and private collections. In 1993/96 she visited the Cité Internationales des Artes in Paris. She participated in the ABSA Bank Project in South Africa where artworks was bought to be hanged in the ABSA Branches all over the country. In Germany she is a member of the BBK (Düsseldorf), AG Leverkusener Künstler and Artinnovations, Innsbruck. She uses various media and techniques to express herself as well as creating 3D Objects out of wood, wire and recycling material. She also created a new medium in which she combines x-ray photos with other media. She expresses herself in various themes such as – Symbols, Reflections, Visualizing music, Man in Nature and Nature in Man in which she makes use of her main oeuvre – Landscape and Nature elements.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Rita Klein – To me, art is a journey. You travel through life to experience different facets in which you think, observe and live.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
RK – I was born in South Africa and moved to Germany in 1999.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RK – I find my inspiration most of the time in nature and as you can see in the theme music. The eyes of an artist are never on holiday and are always busy looking for new ideas.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
RK – My style changed over the years because of experience, using different themes, material, techniques and messages, I want to bring to the attention of people.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RK – As you can see in the history of art and artists, it is not the easiest way to make a living. With the exhibitions of this festival, you offer the artists a possibility to show their artworks to a wider public with the hope of selling.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
RK – The concept and and platform are very inspiring and the theme “Future Landscapes” fits very good to some of my landscapes paintings in which I try to draw the attention of the public to the destruction of nature by the human beings.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RK – I am sure Itsliquid Platform offers a unique opportunity to artist.