Abstract forms by Franziska Loos
Meet German-based artist Franziska Loos, with a background in graphic design and and an MA at Berlin University of Arts. Inspired by several themes, like the ideas from Bauhaus, reduced simplicity and the interplay of colour, form and geometry, she has created an art series called Morphologia. Her style derives from an interest in pure and abstract shapes that are universally readable.
Tell us about yourself and how you got started with art. What are your primary sources of inspiration?
Art and design have always been part of my life, so to speak. As a child, I experimented with everything I could get my hands on. My father's shed was a heavenly treasure trove for finding interesting materials and surfaces. I loved all creative projects even then.
After graduating from high school, I studied Visual Communication (M.A.) with a focus on graphic design (supervised by Prof. Fons Hickmann) at the Berlin University of the Arts.
As a designer, I play with visual identities. Still, a few years ago, I couldn't resist the temptation to work more with my hands again. My style was born from my interest in pure, abstract, geometric forms that are universally readable without sacrificing superfluous elements.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
The ideas of the Bauhaus undoubtedly inspire me. Establishing new ways of seeing, always trying to rethink the world and thereby designing living environments according to people's needs is what drives me. In doing so, I try to absorb impulses from all art movements.
Tell us a little bit about your latest collection. Did you follow a specific theme?
My latest collection is part of the Series Morphologia. Morphologia is an attempt to experimentally investigate forms in terms of their peculiarities, developments and laws. A reduced simplicity, an economy of space, helps to concentrate on the essentials until this is again disturbed by a contradictory curve or angle.
What motivates you to create?
The uncontrollability of the interplay of colour, form and material, which always communicate differently with each other. My artworks represent an extension of my graphic language. They include geometric shapes, clean lines and borders that subtly connect with each other.
"Art can touch emotionally and create space for reflection of the unconscious."
What does art mean to you?
Freedom, emotions, fear, happiness ... life in its concentrated form.
What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?
Time. If you get into a flow, time races, and suddenly, it's the middle of the night.
How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist?
I relax by swimming in the lake in the forest next door. Every day. Preferably every day.
Describe how art is important to society.
Art can touch emotionally and create space for reflection of the unconscious.
Where do you live/reside? Does your residential place have an impact on your art?
Berlin. The big city is wild, exciting, dirty and always different. But in reality, it is also a village. You're quickly in nature, in the forest, at the lake. That's great luck. Nature is the greatest inspiration of all for me.
When is your favourite time of day to create?
The time of day doesn't matter. The best thing is to be trapped inside during a thunderstorm and paint in a doomsday mood.
How do you see your prints in an interior setting?
Large format is always great.
What do you like doing when you are not creating?
Dancing in the rain.
What will we never find in your home?
Electric salt shaker.
What is your current obsession and why?
Soft ice cream. I can't live without it.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Nothing comes to mind.
Would you say you are an introvert or an extrovert?
A mix of both, actually - without wanting to be diplomatic.
What are you focusing on right now?
Do you have any future projects you would like to share with us?
I am currently experimenting with larger formats and found painting surfaces.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The sound of the sea.