Jutta Siebert was born in Schweinfurt, Germany in 1951 and now lives and works in the Uckermark. She studied art at the Freie Akademie ARTEFACT in Bonn and is a member of various artists' groups.Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?
Ever since I could hold a pencil or a brush, I wanted to do nothing but paint and draw. When a career choice became an issue, my father forbade me to study art and I angrily stopped all creative work.
Then in 1994, when my daughter started painting, I sat by and felt that the passion for artistic work could no longer be ignored. After a few years of autodidactics, I decided to study free painting in Bonn at the ripe old age of 50. It became clear relatively quickly that I would do nothing else in my life.
When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?
When I start a new work, there are no plans, I just begin.
The only goal of my artistic work is reduction to the essential, beyond the limits of what is recognisable. I do not give any nameable information. This creates a wide variety of perceptions in the viewer that seem necessary for the work to exist.What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?
We live in the Uckermark, one of the most sparsely populated areas in Germany. The silence of the landscape and the absence of people support my search for the essential. I work in the spacious studio rooms by the lake and my workshops also take place here.Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?
During my artistic development I have been influenced by very different artists. One who has always been by my side is Cy Twombly. I feel a kinship with him because many of his signs and traces seem to come from the subconscious.
My traces and informal drawings also just pop up, as riddles to myself and other viewers. Since the beginning of the year, strange creatures have been emerging that have meanwhile taken over. They cannot be named, do not fit into any pigeonhole and their emotional state is also perceived very differently.
Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?
Where is the journey going? Do you seriously ask an artist about her plans? After all, the fascination in art is its unpredictability! I'm as excited as I can be about everything that life and art will hopefully surprise me with.Learn more about the artist: