Her most recent works are primarily based on historical photographs of the destruction of Dresden in 1945. The artist’s examination of this theme originates from her personal relationship to the events in her home town. Through her extensive research in the Dresden archives, the artist found a variety of formally impressive motifs of the ruined city, which she connects with motifs from other historical contexts, such as pictures of the burning oil fields in Kuwait, creating impressive compositions.
The title “H3PO4” – the chemical formula for phosphoric acid – opens another mental space, by alluding to the myth of the bombing of Dresden with phosphorus bombs: The boundary between experienced reality, imagination and myth-making is removed, resulting in a new, visual reality that moves away from the concrete event.
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.