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* The creative approach is a very personal methodology, and every artist differs when it comes to their artistic process. How do you approach creation- can you elaborate on your working process? The point of departure of my work is being in nature, to consider and experience its forms, its various colors, its beauty but also its fugacity and vulnerability. Often I make photos which help me to keep in mind what I have seen. Then in my studio I elaborate and condense the seen into a new abstract form, the real shapes and colors are transformed into free pictorial signs, rhythms and color impressions.
I do not care about landscapes, my themes are inconspicuous and casual moments, unimportant things somewhere, unusual perspectives and hidden angels. I am looking for something special, for example the light-dark contrasts, he traces of a line, and I am immerging in the interaction of colors.
THE ARTIST SPEAKS: Barbara Knoglinger-Janoth
*What are the principle themes and focus of your work? The principle themes and focus of my work is nature, its essential principle of construction in spite of all the chaos which we can find in it. This is a big wonder and I want to show with my work nature’s wonderful order and symmetry, the order of lines and surfaces, the constant repetition of the same, everywhere in nature, also in us.
*Your aesthetic; while routed in fundamental art historical themes, is also very distinctive. I’m very interested in are artist with a unique vision places themselves within the art context; which other art and artists they are inspired and influenced by. Within the evolution of your artistic journey, have you found a specific affinity to certain artists, and if so, why? I am a little bit inspired and influenced by the expressionists like Emil Nolde, E.Ludwig Kirchner, Alexej Jawlensky and Paula Modersohn-Becker. It is their practice to use colors which is very fascinating for me. I have also found a specific affinity to the great Austrian drawer and painter Egon Schiele because of his use of the pencil and some modern artists like Gerhard Richter and the Austrian artist Gunter Damisch.
* In your evolution as an artist, (both creatively, conceptually and pragmatically), what has been the biggest frustration or obstacle? The biggest frustration for me in my artist life was the fact, that after finished school I could not study art at an art university, but I had to choose another profession .
* Which of your works stands out as a highlight, favorite, or significant point in your creative growth and development? And why was it most significant to you as an artist? There is no work that stands out as a highlight, but it was very important for me that I began to draw again and that I could adopt all, what my mother as artist too taught to me.
* Artists always vary in the importance placed on communicating their own vision without question or limitation, and the emphasis and importance placed on the audience, and how it can and will relate to them. How do you feel when people interpret your artwork inversely, or is there one primary thing you hope to have the viewer experience? There’s no possibility that my work would be interpreted inversely, because it is my artwork which speaks to the viewer and there are many ways to speak.
* With each work, or as an artist as a whole, what do you wish to communicate to the audience, and how does this specifically effects the final work? Does this change with different works, or series, or does it remain the same with all of your creations? I do not wish to communicate with the audience, I only open my eyes and I make my artworks, because I must do it, and my artworks are speaking to the beholder, with their colors, their beauty, their composition - and then the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
* In a wider context, why do you think art is imperative for the world, and why is it important for you personally as artist? Art is very important and imperative for the world, art is one possibility to live humanity, art can transform pain into beauty, art can call attention to something, can make reflective and last not least art can change things! Art is the most important thing for me and probably for the world, because by making artworks man can approach to god.