Interview: Greta Schnall
Luca Curci talks with Greta Schnall during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Greta Schnall, born 1964 in Simbach on the Inn in Germany, Bavaria.
In 1984 she graduated from high school. 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. From 2006 – 2008 she specialized in natural photography, especially macro-photography, starting in 2008 she began with digital image processing. 2010 began the turnaround to architectural photography. Here she continued to expand 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 award is the WAA Women’s Art Award, named MUSA International Art Space 2019 in Venice. 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. The latest two presentations took place in Venice at the 2019 Biennale. Greta to her motivations: above all, I want to show how the simple, often depressing architecture on photos can be changed with image editing in an imaginativ and exciting way. So one should come from the functional to the pure fantasy motive, through which one can be inspired variously. About her way of working: my main focus is photography with extreme digital editing processing. This means that I am creating pictures and graphics from architectural, natural and abstract subjects with often surreal components. My favourite themes are front faces of modern buildings or parts of them, which I’m digitally editing and finally changing it into an abstract digital creation.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Greta Schnall – For me, art means being able to express creativity and the possibility to present different views, levels of consciousness and feelings of the artist as well as of the motifs.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
GS – For some years i am working on the topic: simple architecture imaginative and colorful abstracted to architectural graphics.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
GS – I get suggestions mainly from my creative relatives. These enrich me and my art not always but often, if it matches my style.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
GS – Yes, i have developed from partly baroque nature motifs to mostly straightforward architecture graphics.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GS – I prefer abstract, architecture and fantasy, sometimes nature. My favorite subject is cubism.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
GS – Anima mundi as a general term also for the architecture in our world. Consciousness as the other consciousness with which one can perceive architecture here. here not as a simple, mostly functional, often colorless, sometimes depressing architecture but as a work of art that inspires the imagination.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
GS – I think the concept is so good because it has so many different facets, so there is enough space for the most diverse art movements and yet it is structured in itself.
That’s exactly why I was inspired by it. Because I have immediately recognized the right room for my, not yet very common, art direction.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GS – The itsliquid group is a wonderfully free and in the truest sense flowing device for things that are creative and for the most part also functionally designed. Especially as a fine artist, I feel well cared for here.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GS – Above all, the itsliquid platform constantly offers the latest news from the various areas, events and artists. It gives you the feeling that you are always up to date and right in the middle.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
GS – I was very pleased with the harmonious and cordial mail entertainment with Giulia Tassi before the exhibition. No question was too much for her. She always answered me very soon. I already had a good feeling there. And you can always follow the events quickly with photos and videos in the social networks. that always gives a well-informed feeling.
Unfortunately I can not be on the spot, so I can not write about it anymore.