Interview: Roswitha Klotz
Luca Curci talks with Roswitha Klotz during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Roswitha Klotz is a visual artist and musician living in Regensburg, Germany. From an early age, she turned to painting and music and was successful in both disciplines. After graduating from high school, she first studied music and musicology in Munich, then art and art history. Her path took her from Bad Kissingen to Munich and Regensburg, to Belgium and Austria, to the USA, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Painting and music are her constant companions. Sound colors and structures of music and the great play of colors of nature are also reflected in her paintings, they are decisive for her entire artistic work. Roswitha Klotz’s intention is to bring the wonderful color impressions of nature closer to the viewer in her predominantly abstract paintings, as well as to let the viewer see the effect of music on the soul, the richness of color of the sounds and the emotions that music triggers, and thus the viewer to touch internally, to give him peace, serenity and strength.
Luca Curci – What is your background?
Roswitha Klotz – From my youth I have been involved with visual creation, with art. Although art or the occupation with art was not an issue in my family. But I always had the need for creativity and wanted to express myself through art. When it turned out that I had great success with my piano playing, with music, I successfully completed my music studies on the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich. But never in my life have I neglected or even given up painting. It brought me inner freedom, comfort and serenity in everyday life, and that is still the same today. Painting and music are my constant companions.
LC – What is art for you?
RK – For me, art is indispensable, I am constantly working on it. Art is indescribable, emotional and fills my life. Which criterion is ultimately decisive for a work to become a work of art, this spark is, I believe, incalculable.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred theme, if there is one?
RK – There are two stylistic directions in my work, namely an abstract-surreal style with a melancholic, rather critical theme and a style related to colour and colour fields in order to make the beauty of nature, the variety of musical impressions emotionally visible through the colours. Several times I was allowed to experience how viewers reacted to my paintings exactly in this way, they were touched inside. The wonderful emotional experiences I have had with music flow quite unconsciously into my
artistic work. Synaesthesia plays an essential role in this.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RK – My inspiration comes from nature and music, from both together. Since I as an individual cannot change the world, cannot make it better, I want to show its beauty. My abstract works are always connected with this background.
LC – Has your style changed over the years? In what way has your style changed?
RK – My works were initially figurative, drawings and watercolors. Over a certain period of time, I intensively worked with oil chalk on handmade paper or Japanese paper. This resulted in abstract surrealistic works in a hard edge manner. After this phase I started painting with oil on chipboard until I now work mainly with oil on canvas.
LC – We were attracted by your latest artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
RK – The artwork “Reverie” is my respect, my feeling for the old masters (in this case Botticelli), translated in a strongly reduced way. It stands for melancholy. In many of my works, curves stand for strongly physical forms and are an expression of emotions. It is a part of my existing works.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
RK – Body language is strongly encoded here (“Reverie”), only hinted at in a very reduced way, and is intended above all to communicate emotionally via a modern visual language.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
RK – After my very positive impressions of the exhibition in Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, I can very well imagine a further cooperation with ITSLIQUID.
LC – What do you think about our services?
RK – I liked your professional approach very much. Everything worked wonderfully, even in the run-up to the exhibition. I would be very happy about a further cooperation.