The medium of photography has accompanied Annelies Štrba since her early youth. At the age of 15 she was given a camera by her father. Taking pictures defines Štrba’s everyday life. It is her way of dealing with the meaningfulness of the world.
Štrba’s extensive oeuvre is dominated by colourful flower meadows, Madonnas, understood as the archetype of all mothers, girls and young women, mostly their now grown-up children and grandchildren, most of whom are depicted in sleep, embedded in a natural environment – on forest glades, by the water or in mountain landscapes.
Her works seem to have fallen out of time; they oscillate between dream and reality. The artist lets photographic materials and/or video stills flow into one another intuitively on the screen, sets luminous accents by increasing the saturation of colours and/or distorts forms by dissolving motifs into pixels, sometimes to the point of abstraction. Using digital tools, Štrba creates new realities in which the trance-like and the auratic unite, seducing the viewer to pause and reflect.
Born in Zug in 1947, Annelies Štrba trained as a photographer. Štrba’s first solo exhibition entitled Aschewiese, which was realized by the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1990, was internationally successful. She received numerous scholarships and awards for her artistic work, including the Eidgenössischer Preis für Gestaltung (1971, 1972 and 1973) and recently the Kunstpreis of the Willy Reber Foundation (2020). Her works are represented in museums and private collections worldwide. Štrba lives and works in Richterswil, Ascona and Arcegno.