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Check out Conny Goelz Schmitt’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Conny Goelz Schmitt.

Conny, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I spent my youth in Germany, moved to Taiwan in my twenties, and relocated to the US in 1996. Having been immersed in three very different cultures, I am drawn to hard edge painting influenced by the German “attention to detail”, the retro color palette reminiscent of Taiwan in the 80s, and the very often experimental and creative pioneering spirit of Americans. My medium of choice now is almost without exception the vintage book.

In Germany I studied Sinology and German Literature at Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen. At the same time, I was very invested in my studio practice. The art work I created back then helped me to fund my travels to Taiwan and to start a new life there. While in Taiwan I was teaching German, started a family and had kids. There was not much time for making art. This changed again once I relocated to the US. First, I was involved in printmaking and mixed media and six years ago I found my “new” medium in old books.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?

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In my work I deconstruct discarded vintage books, on the hunt for textured surfaces and faded colors. By means of décollage the element of chance becomes an integral part of my process. While extending the margins of my compositions I build new space, always conscious to maintain balance and harmony within the work. The interplay of sizes, shapes and color leads me on a search for their perfect placement. Through considered alteration and arrangement of my salvaged and manipulated materials I create geometric collages and assemblages. This pursuit for balance and harmony becomes a meditation, leading to new interpretations of past and present.

Influenced by the current political climate I started to build my meditation boards. This forced me to focus on a process I have control over and turned into a ritual, with the purpose of creating a world that makes sense to me while it also caters to my yearning for problem solving at a time when there are more questions than answers. These boards were also intended as exercises for bigger work, constructions more open-ended in their format. Even though abstract geometric work doesn’t lend itself to be political, mine has been catalyzed by the emotional paralysis stemming from this political climate.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Stay positive and listen to yourself. Focus on what really matters, work through difficult stages and stay on your own path.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am a member of Kingston Gallery and show there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.
I would love to hear from other artists, galleries and of course from art collectors.

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Image Credit:
Huang Lucang

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