DIETMAR BUSSE STUDIO VISIT
Dietmar Busse Artist Statement:
I grew up as an only child on a small farm outside a tiny village in Northern Germany. My childhood was spent surrounded by animals and nature. As a teenager I wouldhitch hike all over Europe and Morocco, looking for adventure. I was looking to connect, to belong, to be loved. Making art for me is like being on the road, except that the journey is mostly an inward one. I photograph people, animals, landscapes. I am always looking for beauty even if there are strong dark undertones. My work is a mirror. I use film and make my own prints in my own darkroom. Darkroom and studio are both in my small and intimate Manhattan apartment. I live my work. Recently I have been painting with photographic developer and archival inks on my prints. This process is full of surprises and spontaneousdecisions. The photograph serves as a structure for the painting. They inform each other. I make art to express what I cannot say in words.