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Inside/Out: Anna Schölß
October 27, 2011
City inspirations with the creative polymath, painter and performance artist
- Text by Antonia Wille
Anna Schölß's art is an interesting and elemental process, relying on intuition and the stripping back and reduction of colour and form. She calls herself a free scenographer, whilst also collaborating with the performance artist Nela Adam and on honest, large scale installations.
Satellite Voices: What’s your occupation... a) during the day & b) at night?
Anna Schölß: a) I am a painter and free scenographer, and I love to be in nature and also bizarre places of the city to search for new inspiration. My art is mostly based on an intuitive process. I reduce colour and objects as much as possible to create a space for associations. I also work together with the performance artist Nela Adam. We recently exhibited our latest work "cover (me) and see (sea)" at Hotel Mariandl. b) I like experimental electronic music and independent art projects! At night it's also great to work in my studio, when everything is quiet...
Satellite Voices: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Anna Schölß: I live in a wonderful shared house in Sendling, Munich. In Sendling I like the creative and sometimes chaotic atmosphere, and when I exit the subway at night I can still breath the fresh air of the Alps.
Satellite Voices: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Anna Schölß: I have lived in Munich since 2004, during the time I also studied art for two years in Krakow, Poland and in Spain. I lived in Vienna until 2004, at which point my studies of scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich prompted me to move to Munich.
Satellite Voices: What does your city mean to you?
Anna Schölß: As a painter I can only say that I associate Munich with the colour blue. The clear sunlight in autumn and orderly atmosphere. On the one hand I very much enjoy the easy access to the mountains and the lakes around the city, but on the other hand I sometimes feel that the high cost of living and Bavarian traditions make it difficult to create a vivid scene for many artists.
Satellite Voices: Can you talk about the best creative youth cultures in your town? And what it is in your city that supports these in a special way?
Anna Schölß: Last Sunday I showed my art installation INTENTS with Marcel Saegesser's concert THE LAST PLACE (LEFT) in i-camp, neues theater münchen. I like i-camp very much because it is an important meeting point for experimental and interdisciplinary projects, and they are very open to new artistic aspects.
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