Helga Schmitt

Helga Schmitt was born 1936 in Augsburg, Germany. As late as in 1998 the retired bookseller taught herself the technical knowhow and started the making of digital art, encouraged by her good relations to contemporary literature and fine art throughout her life. Most of her computerwork is based on photographs taken by herself when discovering fancy, strange or exceptional details in the neighborhood as well as on travels.

"Asked, what message my artwork is supposed to bring over, I answer frankly: None. All I intend is to create images and if somewhere somebody likes them the way they are it will make me very happy. Faced with the pure landscape and architecture I'm interested not only in the atmosphere, the contrasting colors, the proportions; even more the small fragments and structures being discovered will inspire me. By transforming, reconstructing and regrouping these components - often adding figurative elements - I try to create new situations, topographies, alternated views, virtual artifacts. Sometimes the results seem to be weird, however they are not, not more or less than the memories left by the fantastic surreal happenings and locations in our dreams. Awaken we must return to reality, except we try to continue with creative dreaming - if You agree, like I do with my digital shapes and colors."

Helga is one of MOCA's grandmasters of digital art.