in 1969 in Cologne, Germany , Bianca resides and paints now
in Miami Florida. 1990-1993 she studied at the Hozfacschule
in Koln Germany. She graduated in 1995 from the International
fine art school in Miami Florida. Most of her work is mixed
media on canvas or on wood. She works mostly on large scale,
Pratorius draws her inspiration from architecture and cityscapes.
Architects create the features of a city. Much like a face
the city is composed of elements that give it character and
uniqueness. I create my paintings with the city in mind, but
rather than depicting specific objects such as a house, a
park or a church I express my architectural intention by
borrowing and appropriating sites, places and names to create
a composition that alludes to city life environment. Visual
impressions made on me by my daily life environment become
memories: after-images that resonate in my mind until they
are finally expressed onto canvas.
could say I plagiarize the images of my surroundings. Inters tingly
enough the original source of the word plagiarism is the greek
word plagios which could loosely be translated as oblique.
Indeed I never use literal images, but I take them out their
proposed context, decompose and reintroduce them in order
to distort their original functionality. This process of decomposition
is crucial to my work and it represents one of a city’s
foremost characteristics which is activity. After all a city
is never static or complete. Expressing the partial and fragmented
reality of a city is most important to me and much like an
architect designing the face of a city by combining different
elements I play with visual citations on my canvases and give
them an oblique meaning through the process of artistic creation.