Pia Kintrup

Born in: 1988, Germany

Lives in: Düsseldorf, Germany

Media: Photography, Sculpture, Installation

Describe your work in 3 words: conceptual, experimental, reflexive

See More Work:  https://www.piakintrup.com/

Matches 1.0, 2015/16 - Wooden panel, matches 40 x 27 cm

Pia Kintrup’s research investigates new media and materials, ranging from photography to sculpture. Transformational processes, value, emptiness and abundance, and photographic steps of transition are essential for her artwork. She has held countless exhibitions around Europe, and also a few in Asia, Canada, and the USA.

What themes does your work involve?
I´m highly interested in still life, materiality, and surface character. Transformational processes, value, emptiness and abundance, and photographic steps of transition are essential for my artwork. Besides my groundwork in photography, I´m working with installations and sculptures as well. In the three dimensional works, the essence is about the contradictory relation of man and object, surface, materiality, and artificial structures. My entire work is based on staging and imitation of reality.
Describe your creative process.
I'm used to working with a concept, but I'm experimenting a lot with material and sizes. I love to keep some space for exploration and accidents, which often leads to something completely new. In my opinion, especially in photography, every image has his one right presentation form and one perfect size. In my open series: the nonexistent areas are of particular interest, I always try to find the right style. The images of this series and their presentation quote the complexity and diversity of photography as a media.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
In these dark times, areas like Hong Kong are suffering under massive violent political repression, like many other countries as well. While at the same time, climate change shows us already an apocalyptic vision of the future of the earth. In these dark times, art is more important than ever before.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
There should be something universal about it, in a way that transfers a reflection of the world or the media itself. On the other hand, it´s crucial to make new ideas comprehensive and understandable in a broader sense. I also prefer if the artwork asks questions to the audience, instead of giving answers. For me, there must be space left for your thoughts.
What is the role of the artist today?
I don´t know actually what the role is. And I guess there isn´t only one role or position the artists have. It depends on the context, and there are so many aspects which rely on each other.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist