In her works Lucia Schautz explores the connections between identity, process, and perception, moving between figuration and abstraction. After completing her art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, she won the DAAD scholarship to Paris and made her breakthrough on the art market with two One Artist shows at Art Karlsruhe and Art Fair Cologne in the year 2013. Schautz became known for her large-scale portrait paintings reflecting the complex web of human desires and revealing existing mechanisms of perception.
Lucia Schautz’s visual world is characterized by different image levels and interwoven scraps of words. She draws her inspiration primarily from the media context and combines it with out-of-context content to create new meanings. Her interest is the topic of constructed identity and the deconstruction of existing perceptual mechanisms.
She often starts her artworks with an abstract color background and then transfers the motifs using printing techniques and painting. The images are then reworked several times and transformed into a living surface. For Schautz, the artistic reworking is a visible thought process apart from a conscious construction of meaning. What interests me is the invisible in the visible, the ambiguous in the unambiguous. This opens up a world of imagination and poetics.’
‘(…) The key theme of my work is on the one hand the human being, the ‘inside and outside’, his inner desires and feelings and his external expression and appearance. On the other hand, an important theme of my work is color and abstraction in art. I combine these two themes to create a unique and multi-layered expression.
My artistic approach is based on the intention to bring emotions to life through the artwork. In my paintings have a very complex working technique, which on the one hand requires precise planning, on the other hand I also work very intuitively. I love contrasting styles and approaches, because that’s how infinite creativity emerges for me.’