Berlin-based artist and designer Julia Danckwerth started her career path in fashion and graduated from the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in 2014. Since then she has gone on to do a PhD, has founded her own fashion label and illustrates whenever she has a spare moment. Her art is mainly figurative and minimalistic: omitting features to create an “aesthetic of absence”.
What techniques and mediums do you use to create your illustrations?
About 80% of my work is analogue, 20% digital – to finish off the illustrations. I mainly use really fine pencils.
Have any artists or musicians influenced you?
I admire the work of Sasha Waltz, Karl Otto Götz and Egon Schiele.
How do you conduct your research?
I try to regard reading literature, doing research, sketches and making prototypes as a cyclical process.
What inspires you?
The dialogue with the body, our perception of it and our awareness of it.
Your PhD project sounds exciting. Tell us about it!
I am concentrating on the relationship between people, machines and bodies – focussing on visibility, awareness and perception. I am exploring the topic of our bodies and fashion as a type of interface.
Let’s talk about the artwork, which you’re selling with us at JUNIQE. How is your fashion aesthetic represented in your illustrations?
I think that’s a difficult question to answer. I value a pared-back aesthetic, which is something that is reflected in my 2-D and 3-D work.
What is your favourite type of work?
I like doing a lot of things, especially alternating between brainstorming, researching and creating.
If you could work together with a famous artist – dead or alive – who would that be and why?
I would choose Sasha Waltz or Karl Otto Götz. I am fascinated by the fact that both artists didn’t just introduce a new kind of aesthetic, but also materialised and developed it.
What would be your dream project?
To materialise the invisible and to make the material invisible.