Katrin Schöß was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1968, and studied architecture in Berlin. After her graduation, she moved to Milan where she began her career as a freelance architect. While living in Italy, she also worked as a stage designer. After returning to Germany, she worked as an architect in Berlin and in her hometown. Becoming more and more aware of the limitations of the very technical, strict and rather unemotional process of drawing and designing as an architect, she searched for new ways to express herself and turned to drawing freehand and working with (mostly) nude models. The focus of her work is on the human body. More recently, she has been exploring working together with musicians and performers in a new format in which she attempts to capture the artists’ movements and gestures in real-time during live concerts or dance theater performances. The gallerist and artist Anna-Maria Nordiek, who hosted her drawings in September 2020, called her work: “Images full of humanity”.
As an architect, I am interested in people in space, in a created environment and as a stage designer, I am interested in the human body, staged in special rooms - il corpo in scena. In life drawing, I practice seeing bodies as well as spaces that they occupy and spaces that they open up. Drawing yourself is an archaic human need, and life drawing is still taught as an academic discipline. You practice proportions, front and back, light and shadow, perspective and colour.