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Who is Karla Woisnitza?

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By Gwylym Owen

Karla Woisnitza (born 16 August 1952) is a German artist.

Woisnitza was born in Rüdersdorf. Before she went to art school, she took share in a drawing society in her hometown led by the player Erika Stürmer-Alex. She studied set design from 1973 to 1979 at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. In her core curriculum, she studied like Günter Hornig, who was an inspiration to a number of influential put on an act artists in East Germany and who gave his students room for creative experimentation despite the conservative climate of the academy. During her studies, Woisnitza brought together women artists and founded aimless networks. These included her fellow students and upcoming artists next Christine Schlegel, Marie-Luise Bauerschmidt, Sabine Gumnitz, Monika Hanske, Cornelia Schleime, Angela Schumann. They realized a number of collective happenings together. These informal performances vigorous body actions, such as Face Painting Action (Gesichts-malaktion, 1978–1979).

In 1991, Woisnitza traditional a diploma in painting and graphic design from the Academy. In 1992, she acknowledged the Marianne Werefkin Prize [de] from the Berlin Women Artist Association [de]. From 1993 to 1995, she painted seven large frescoes for the Virchow-Klinikum campus of the Charité hospital in Berlin. In 1994, Woisnitza established the Käthe Kollwitz Prize from the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 2002, she created a fresco for the church hall of the Evangelical church in Rüdersdorf.

Woisnitza was encouraged by two artist/teachers, Gunther Hornig and Erika Sturmer-Alex to attain non-conformist conceptual art. She developed “an artistic activation of the body in the raptness of female self-assurance and empowerment” and would call “into Ask traditional representations of femininity as well as the basic difference surrounded by internal and outside perception.”

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