For me it is the integration of body processes in my work, in order to connect body and spirit as equal parts.
I think that this restlessness which is a necessary part of all artistic processes, this endless searching and restlessness – this is what drives me on and makes me feel alive
To me relying on one permanent identity makes no sense. It makes no sense if you are always supposed to be ‘the self,’ the one and only ‘self’.
As if a spider web, I sewn my own self-portrait. The grey silk thread is a kind of mask, the face overlaid with a delicate tension. I take contours and lines on my face and I support them, some put the new strings caesura.
For me line is a drawing. Out of the drawn line I developed the haptic line. I wanted that drawings could be experienced with the body. I consider line also as a metaphor for a trace (of life), something that remains.
Annegret Soltau was born in Lüneburg, Germany in 1946. During 1967-72, she studied painting and graphic arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg under Hans Thiemann, Kurt Kranz, Rudolf Hausner and David Hockney. During 1972 she attended classes at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien (Vienna Academy of Fine Arts). She has two children, a daughter (b.1978) and a son (b. 1980). She has been awarded with Villa Massimo scholarship, Rome (1984). She has been a residence fellowship at Villa Massimo, Rome (1986-87). Awards: Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum (Art in Public Spaces) competition, Zentralkrankenhaus (Central Hospital), Bremen (1986); Maria Sibylla Merian Prize (1998); Wilhelm Loth Art Prize (2000); Marielies Hess Art Prize (2011); Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Honor by the City of Darmstadt (2016).