Franziska Klotz has recently been selected as fellow artist in residence in the summer 2015 at the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul. The academy, located in the former summer residence of the German Embassy in the Tarabya quarter, is run by the German Embassy in Ankara and curated by the Goethe Institut Istanbul. On the occasion of this cultural exchange, Art International 15 represents an ideal occasion to preview the new works and to introduce them to the public.
Franziska Klotz's works celebrate the artist’s fundamental love and understanding of the craft and tradition of painting. Her imagery draws inspiration from subjects close to her emotional and physical world, combining imaginary material with personal memory. Franziska Klotz explores her medium widely, using a brush, a palette knife and even her fingers to apply paint, she creates thick, almost relief-like areas and sets them against glazed and completely even-surfaced sections. The artist allows both lightness and density room to breathe and juxtaposes figurative elements with abstract strokes in her often large-scale paintings.
Franziska Klotz (Dresden, Germany *1979) studied painting at the Art Academy in Berlin-Weissensee. Awarded with the Max Ernst Scholarship from the town of Brühl, in summer 2015 she will be a fellow of the Tarabya Academy of Culture in Istanbul, run by the German Embassy in Ankara and curated by the Goethe Institute in Istanbul. Five large-scale paintings by Franziska Klotz were included in the 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014), curated by British curator David Elliott. The artist lives and works in Berlin.