Claudia Kraus is a Visual Artist living and working in Vienna who uses images from her camera phone as the starting point for her artistic process. The images are re-interpreted, sometimes to the point of abstraction to convey a sense of mystery and a desire to explore further…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography. What is it about this particular medium that attracts you?
I am a visual artist from Vienna, Austria. It has always been hard to limit myself to an art form since art itself is such a powerful force and source of inspiration in my life.
When I was very young, I started writing poetry, painting and drawing and, over time, I developed a style that I see also in my phoneographic work. The technical aspects of photography were a little intimidating for me and I felt that they would limit my visual language but I loved the playfulness of the phone camera, I related to the spontaneity and didn’t care about resolutions or technical brilliance. The intuitive way of making a picture and then altering it during my editing process – for me, it’s just like painting on a canvas; playing with hue, contrast and light.
The technical aspects of photography were a little intimidating for me and I felt that they would limit my visual language but I loved the playfulness of the phone camera…
How would you define your style? What do you want your images to say to the viewer?
I want to explore the mysterious, the unseen, the ‘between the lines’; as if it were literature. I hope to provoke emotional reactions, maybe very subtle feelings or memories. Somebody once told me that she would love to lose herself in my images and that was the most touching compliment.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Nature itself is an endlessly important source of inspiration for me. I’m outdoors as often as I can be and I always discover something new. Of course, many art forms and artists inspire me deeply; Cy Twombly, William Turner, Gerhard Richter, the painters of Romanticism, poetry, music… the list goes on and on.
Taking the picture is almost like making a note of the mood, the light, the feeling of this very moment.
The actual photographic image is clearly only the start of the artistic process for you; talk us through how you move from captured image to final artwork.
The shooting is defined by the moment; taking the picture is almost like making a note of the mood, the light, the feeling of this very moment. Later on, sometimes weeks or months later, I revisit these moments and interpret them, meditate on them while editing the image. Sometimes it is a matter of abstraction, sometimes it brings back the mood of this very situation. It can take a lot of time and a lot of different, possible interpretations.
What is next for you; are you currently working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
I want to make more immersive and multi-sensual art. I plan to include sounds, scents and haptic experiences in exhibitions of my work.
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All images copyright Claudia Kraus.