Katja Felle: Out of the Blue
curated by Marlene Bart & Jean D. Sikiaridis
With aquarelle series Katja Felle focuses on the general theme of the society - communication, dating and love in the digital time. With the works she is questioning communication and emotional relations of modern society based on her personal experience - quoting received messages or segments of her communication via social media. Aquarelle is a traditional technique, in fine art usually considered as a medium for sketches or a base for paintings. She perceives the technique as delicate and difficult in terms of control. Because of fluidity it requires skills, water prevents full control, quick it appears dreamy or “sweet”, and mostly it is considered as a feminine technique. The proximity to the hobby painting is obvious. In contemporary art this medium is rare and as such a phenomenon. She has chosen this medium due to the fading or fluid effect and in this sense in the context close to the virtual world which she perceives as an ”opposition of haptic reality". Through it she is reflecting information society and the virtual world, which allows us to communicate differently and have more choices available. The less contact with reality one has, the more imagination and expectations evolve. Internet allows to discover always new opportunities, gain new experience, with companioning feeling that there always something different, exciting and better awaits. If reality does not fulfill expectations one can flee into the virtual world. The new era allows anonymity, acceptance of unconventional forms and the opportunity to desire. Internet also enables performativity, which in the real world triggers a societal crisis. In works she focuses on the moment of disappointment - when ones expectations have not been realized and the relationship ends - usually the way it starts - in the chat. These are often bitter, pathetic statements. Social media offers different filters; through profile, continuous optimization, surface information through photos, style, descriptions of hobbies and interests. Information is edited by the user him or herself and shows an idealized version or vision. The person on the other side develops his/hers illusions, projections and desires about the other person, so the disappointment can be even bigger when meeting in person and getting to know each other. More information is needed to solve the illusion. From here arises the fear of the confrontation - "If I do not like it, I will not waste my time, I will go ahead.” - when one window closes another opens. Internet creates a new perception of society and relationships. When romantic expectations are not immediately realized, there is a lack of wish to solve the problem since one can immediately grab a new offer of "instant" excitement or happiness. The connection between the theme and medium is also in its symbolism of taste - "sweet" - the feeling of the aquarell and romance, ease and fading.
The main theme of Katja Felle's work is "disturbance in communication", the phenomenon of it the artist researches since 2011. The title of the exhibition Out of the Blue offers several associations; it associates to a sudden change of a state, the blue light of the digital screen and the "feeling blue".
KATJA FELLE has completed studies of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2011. She graduated in 2015, university study programme, pre-bologna reform. Since 2017 master programme at the Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. Artist-in-residence in 2013 at Schafhof - Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising, Germany. Since 2015 she runs the participatory project Stop - Reset - Reset in the Carinthian Intergenerational Center at Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia. She presented her works in solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia, Austria and Germany. The artist works and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Funded by the studio and project space funding of the Cultural Office of the City of Hannover and J.D.S..
The studio and project space financing will be provided by the Sparda-Bank Hannover Foundation and Dr. Ing. Christiane Hackerodt Arts and Culture Foundation.
The project is co-financed by mbassy of the Republic of Slovenia Berlin and the Slovenian Cultural Centre Berlin.