Angelika Spranger, studio 601, has just celebrated her 10 year anniversary at Wimbledon Art Studios. Here, we catch up with her on her recent work and everything we have to look forward to in 2018!
Hi Angelika, so how would you describe your work?
Capturing nature, especially water and its textures and patterns, in an abstract way and not using any manipulation in my photography, capturing the essence and a kind of endlessness is what is important to me. Focusing on that moment of truth.
Would you say you were an upcoming or established artist?
I will leave that up to you, as I do not define myself in any manner and leave all possibilities open. You always develop new ideas, push yourself in different directions and all these experiments allow to take the next step. Very exciting indeed!
We hear you have an upcoming exhibition at St George's Hospital - can you tell us about that?
I have been invited to have a solo show at the gallery in St Georges Hospital in London, and also been involved in brainstorming and developing concepts of how to create a healthier environment in the public space. The exhibition there will start on January 16th until February 15th 2018.
Tell us about your most recent collection of work, anything to look forward to in 2018?
I am exploring different ways of producing my work, enjoying printing onto different media and loving the freedom of developing work that can even go into a bathroom or garden. Modern technology enables possibilities to enjoy the artwork in the space of your choice. It can be waterproof, chemical resistant, fire resistant, does not fade and you can enjoy it for several lifetimes. Like water in itself – endlessness.
What are your education and career highlights so far?
Moving from Vienna to London encouraged me to start a new, more creative career. I decided to study “Art for Public Space” and learned about the design criteria and the use of different media; from printmaking, stained glass to mosaic and of course photography, which I am addicted to – in a good way!
Art can change everything, I am a big believer in that.
I was thrilled, to have been selected to exhibit my work in The Houses of Parliament last year. Fabulous to show my photography as part of “Tomorrow’s Child Exhibition” to the public, MP’s and to hopefully make a difference and raise the awareness of the importance of the very early development of a child. It also opened my mind to take on portrait photography.
Have you had any recent press coverage?
Being a Fulham resident, it was wonderful to have a feature in the Fulham Resident’s journal. It was great, as it was an additional promotion for the ART50 – a Fulham art show for 50 artists I organised together with a small team to promote the WAS open studios. It was great fun!
And finally, what do you love about Wimbledon Art Studios?
Being at Wimbledon Art Studios now for almost 10 years - I cannot believe it – has allowed me to connect with many creative minds and make great friends. It is inspiring to work in this community of wonderful artists.
Angelika's solo show at the gallery at St George's Hospital, is taking place from 16th January to 15th February.