Barbara Goertz

Lives in: Munich, Germany

Media: Painting, Photography, Digital Photography, Digital Media, Mixed media

Describe your work in 3 words: TIME - SPACE - ILLUSION

See More Work: www.barbaragoertz.de

Unfolding - Aluminium print 80 x 60 cm

"In my art, I deal with the subject of perception, freely according to the motto: nothing is as it seems."

What themes does your work involve?
In my photo art, I deal with the theme of perception through the question of "reality or illusion?" With my works, I would like to encourage you to explore and question the limits and contradictions of perception habits.
Describe your creative process.
My photographic art developed from the working method of my process painting, where I create spatial effects through multiple layers of color and material. Not only by the tension between several photo layers but also by placing the motifs in an unusual context the illusion of space shows up. I work in series, mixing up the main motive with several photo-layers, creating an exciting composition. In the end, it will be hundreds of photos- most difficult to decide which one is the best.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
In my photo art, I want to create abstract spatial image worlds, whose unusual and sensitive multi-layer composition captivates the viewer. In doing so, I pursue the question of how much the accustomed own perception can be dissolved by the changed materiality of the immediate surroundings. In search of familiar traces and patterns, you are invited to transform your habitual gaze.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art becomes special for me when it manages to make me take my time and not rush. It must want to speak to me, i.e. something in me is being addressed, I am on the same wavy line as the artist, something draws me in or even into a work. So for me, there is no general "good art", it is always personal, shaped by my own experiences and inner images.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think that artists should take the chance to react to current topics through their art and thus draw attention to them. With their works they reflect and document "their time" with all the possibilities of expression offered by modern technology, communication and material.


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