Annelies Štrba


Annelies Strba (born 1947 in Zug, Switzerland) finds her themes and motives in her closest surroundings: Her children and grandchildren, her garden, the mountain opposite her home. "Many of her larger works are called Nyima, referring to an area in Tibet, literally meaning "Sun". The spiritual and the religious can continuously be found in her work: Her large-sized paintings often show female subjects, women lying down, dreaming, fanciful, world enraptured, Madonnas with transfigured views, sometimes with child, mostly without. Composed and glorified reminiscent of the subjects of the Pre-Raphaelites. They catch the observers with soft, calm beauty, enticing them to pause and muse." (Mark Gisbourne, Catalouge, XIX. Rohkunstbau MORAL, 2013)
After being trained as a photographer, Strba started to work with video in 1997 and combined the two techniques. Since then, her works are usually based on video stills, which she prints on canvas and paints over. She is especially interested in the structure of the pixels and the digitally rendered colours, which give her works nearly painterly effects and a special expressivity. Making pictures is part of Annelies Strba’s everyday life; it is her way of engaging with and making sense of her world.