Nothing is entirely new. From the beginning of the universe, things have been copying each other, developing from each other, carrying information of each other through space and time. The light from a faraway star. A drop in the Atlantic Ocean. The bits of our emails through the Internet. Our DNA. Your heartbeats and mine.
At the same time, nothing is the same. Along the way, it is somehow modified, changed, mutated. Unexpectedly or intendedly. Inevitably or creatively. That’s why we are unitedly diverse. We are all connected but never fully understand each other. Yet we never stop striving for understanding and compassion, and never cease to create new things. In this process, a part of our soul goes to things, to people we interact with and inversely, a part of their soul becomes ours and our creations.
This soul transmission is the core of Susanne’s works. They prove that despite being though multiple processes (from reality to photos, from photos to other media, and so on) the soul of places, things and people is still present in the final works but with another new dimension, other colors, new meanings and merged with the soul of the artist.
Printing is an adventure especially the versatile processes and possibilities of transfer lithography. With this technique, photographs (or copies thereof) are easily transferred onto paper, canvas, wooden or acrylic plates. Many artists combine it with drawing or painting. Exciting compositions resulted when paper snippets with motifs were glued on in the manner of a collage.
Transfer lithography is based on the principle of classical lithography, the repulsion of water and oil. Susanne Kotrus describes the art genre as follows: “Transfer lithography is an experimental printing technique that uses no solvents. The originals are transferred with oil paint onto any surface (canvas, wood, paper, glass, etc.). Transfer lithography can be combined with painting, collage technique and other printing techniques. In this way new compositions are created layer by layer, which I have always developed further. Experimentation is absolutely desired here.”
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