The powerful and intense paintings by Franziska Klotz bring the ancient medium of painting to life in a new way. Her contemporary historical paintings compress a variety of very personal impressions into autonomous painterly compositions. Areas where the paint is applied so thickly that its almost relief-like qualities stand in contrast with glaze-like, flowing sections. Fullness is next to emptiness, lightness alongside heaviness, the painterly next to the graphic, definition alongside deliquescence, representational next to the abstract. The unfinished and preliminary is part of the paintings, with elaborate detail set alongside vaguely sketched sections, where chaos continuously breaks into the deliberate ordering of the image field.
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.