Birgitta Volz, an artist with major international recognition, can be credited with nearly 100 solo exhibitions, more than 150 group exhibitions, and work in 18 different countries. Beginning her career in 1985 as the youngest member of the Association of Professional Artists in Nuremberg, Germany, Birgitta received her BA from Würzburg College and her MA from the University of Modern Arts in Kassel. Between 1996 and 2000, she lectured at art colleges in India, Portugal and Ghana. Drawn to India, she settled in Auroville in 2005. Recipient of numerous international awards, fellowships, and artist residencies, Birgitta\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s wood prints, bark prints and botanical prints are kept in many public and private collections.
I wish to open people through the beauty of nature, which is a continuous theme in my artwork. My aim is to create a consciousness which guides the observer above mere decoration. Ultimately, perhaps some viewers will be able to gain access to the spiritual aspects of nature and treat it with more respect.
This particular work is a digital print of an original bark print, which has been printed from the bark of a Maduca tree in Samriddhi/Auroville. Then the creatures have been worked out by shading around them, but nothing has been manipulated. They are all on the print.
The Features of Trees
Birgitta Volz\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s work inspires the oldest graphical printing-technique, the woodprint, with new life.
Thanks to her experience with uneven and three-dimensional printing blocks, she succeeded in developing her own technique for printing trees alive, the bark print.
Using expressive bark-prints, Birgitta Volz leads the observer into a world almost forgotten by our materialistic society, a world of structure and shapes, for which we can hardly find words - not least, because these forms take a feature and form for a moment, only to escape the eye of the startled spectator in the next.
Matthias Behrend (art historian).