In Franziska Klotz’s work, reflections on the self and the other lead to an exploration of images from her own family history. “Heimat” and “Heimat 2”, one of which was created while the artist was still living in Berlin, the other shortly after her arrival in Istanbul, are based on a theme, which for the artist is connected to a multiplicity of personal memories. The fabric’s Orientalizing ornaments seem like an anticipation of what might lie in store for her in the foreign country. Her study of Ottoman art, which neglects illustrative figuration in favour of the ornament, enabled Franziska Klotz to tell the stories of the images that underlie her paintings by the mere use of colour and form: a focus on textures, a rejection of the compositional structures of Western painting and an image build-up that largely relinquishes any spatial-illusory depth effect.
About the artist
Born 1979 in Dresden, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Organizing the image field using color, shape and surface – the genuine means of painting – is central to the art of Franziska Klotz. Her work is characterized by a virtuosic handling of the different modes of painting. Using these purely painterly means, the Berlin-based artist always deals with the real world of the 20th and 21st century, toward which she pursues a subjective perspective that is guided by her personal impressions and feelings.