PETRA SCHOTT, The Guardian, acrylic and pencils on canvas, 90 x 140 cm, 2019
PETRA SCHOTT, GERMANY
Is a painter who combined her career as a judge from 1983 until 2003 and a lawyer for the European Commission in Brussels from 2004 until 2015 . Her paintings mainly circle around the human male or female figure in relation to others or alone. She is fascinated by faces and hands and love to capture people in a special moment of deep emotion. In most cases she does not paint following a photo or a model. The faces and people come up without a real person behind them.
Often she shows people in a situation of insecurity or in a dreamlike state. As Paul Klee, the German Painter, said for himself, she wants to make the invisible, visible. The people she paints are not easy to categorize, they seem to be in a state of ‚in-between‘. she does not want to show good or bad, She wants to capture an idea of how their soul expresses itself in their being without laying open their secret. She does not want to show a ‚real‘ face, she wants to show the face in a more abstract way as if seen from within in a moment of truth. Her inspirations are dreams, literature and photos.
In her art she nearly never works with a clear intention when she starts. She has some ideas, but very often she starts by letting color and shapes take over. And then, she is doing pure painting, without knowing where the process is going to take her, Some ideas come up. She pauses to have a look at what comes up on the canvas and then, at some magical moment, she knows how to express what she wants to express. So, the creative process first of all is a process of letting go of all concepts and narrow intentions - to then find something what really wants to come up.
She wants to show the immense power and grace of a human person in all its states and situations when the soul shines through. She wants to create a moment of fascination, ambiguity and wonder when looking at her paintings without being able to exactly express in words what the painting means.
She wants to find means to see the world through a painter’s eyes and finding a language of colors and shapes for things and situations that words cannot express.