April 6, 2016
Artist Name : Paula Petroll
Question 1: How did you get to where you are now?
The long, CV- based answer would be: I went to art school in Hamburg (Germany), got my Bachelor in Wellington (New Zealand), did a few residencies in the UK and the Netherlands and got my Masters Degree a bit over a year ago at the Glasgow School of Art.
The short answer is: I really like drawing.
Question 2: Have you ever gotten halfway through with a project or idea and changed direction and why?
My practice is based on the approach of making- stepping back- adjusting, in that sense I am very familiar with changing a project as I work on it.
I usually have an abstract basic idea of what I want to do, what I want the final piece to ‘say’, but I always leave room for the vocabulary to change.
Especially with site- specific work you never know exactly what you have to work with until you are in the space- it maybe smaller/bigger/brighter/darker, your tools might work differently or not at all... Responding to the characteristics of a space is what, for me, makes working much more interesting and for a better final art work.
Question 3: What is your idea for Hidden Door 2016?
For this year’s Hidden Door festival I am going to return to the space I was using last year, where I made a full room installation, drawing on walls, the floor, the ceiling. I am curios to see what the space feels like, now that I haven’t seen it for a year- and also, what is left of it and how I can use it as a new, reframed question mark to respond to: to see last year’s work as an echo and to map out it’s resonances.
I am also planning to extend the work more in to its three dimensional space and -as a result- have an emerging environment, a map that the viewer can walk through.