Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.
Zeichen unter Papier (Signs under Paper), 1970s
Mixed media on handmade paper
24.5 x 17.5 cm
Greta Schödl, born in Austria in 1929, is one of the most significant artists working in the field of visual poetry in Italy from the 1960s; yet her work is virtually unknown to the public.
Schödl graduated from the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria in 1953. She had a solo exhibition at the Kusthalle Wien in 1977, which was followed by her inclusion in the 1978 Venice Biennale. On marrying she moved to Bologna, Italy, and for over seven years stopped making works to raise her two children. Returning to her artistic practice in the 1970s she focused on reproducing text (characters and symbols) in regular and repetitive patterns. Writing in Old German (her mother tongue) Schodl describes the base-support materials in her works: gold-leaf is then applied over the handwritten text, which is written on layers composed of hand-made paper, canvas, pages cut from antique books, textiles, letters, and fabric.