DOMI GRATZ | MUNCHIES ART CLUB
WHO IS DOMI GRATZ?
Domi is a wonderful artist I discovered at the Akademie Rundgang (tour of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna) in January. I fell in love with her work straight away and knew I wanted Domi to be part of the munchies art club. When I contacted her and told her what I was doing she immediately said yes and was incredibly cooperative, so it is with great pride that I present you our new incredibly talented young artist Domi Gratz.
I ASKED DOMI A FEW QUESTIONS AND HERE IS WHAT SHE TOLD ME:
When and how did you realise that you are an artist?
I think I already knew at a young age, that I wanted to become an artist later in life. There really was no plan B, art has always been my only passion. When I was 15 I decided to attend an art school in Vienna. My family was always very supportive, even though they were not interested in art.
Who are your favorite artists? Who would you buy if you could?
Cy Twombly, Maria Lassnig, Jean Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele. I would buy all of those artists if I had money.
Where do you create?
At the moment I am working a lot from home, but I also have my studio space at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (where I am also studying). But in the future, I want to have my own studio, maybe with some colleagues. But before I share a studio, I definitely should be become less chaotic!
Describe you and your work in three words.
Emotional, spontaneous and naïve.
What is your creative process?
Mostly it is a work in progress-situation, I don't usually plan what to do in advance. I see or get impressions of something and then I start working. Recently I have started making sketches using Microsoft Paint, I wanted to save material, which helped develop my current brush strokes, which was a nice side effect. Generally, drawings are quicker (time) than paintings, before you can start a painting you have to prepare your materials, which is more time consuming.
Did the environment you grew up in have an influence on your work?
I live and grew up in Vienna, but this had/has not had a special influence on me. Vienna is a beautiful City, very old buildings and historical. In my opinion my art is not always „beautiful" in a common way and it doesn't always have to be. I want to express my feelings and my point of view, not the ideal version of my environment.
Do you use social media?
Yes, I use Facebook and Instagram, but for my art I prefer to use Instagram because I like that it is image focused.
When do you do your best work?
I don't have a special time frame. When it happens, it happens! Moreover, I would say I'm a moody worker like when I'm totally in the zone I can work for hours, but sometimes I cannot even work for weeks!