Julius Grützke über
Julius Grützke on stairs, doors, pots - Roswitha Grützke's tapestry is the key to a homely world in which everything appears to be as well-ordered as the warp and weft yarns in woven fabric.
It is images of her surroundings that Roswitha Grützke weaves into her tapestries - the moods of her Berlin and Italian homes recorded in fabric. In doing so, she succeeds in taking immobile objects and making them appear as though alive.
Metal pots, stone stairways and wooden windows mutate in the woven wool to become living things. One could almost believe they are conversing with one another. None of the talk is of revolution, though. This is a world at peace with itself. This effect can only be achieved, without palliative omissions or gimmicky excesses, when one possesses great artistic skill.
Roswitha Grützke takes a great deal of care in selecting her subjects. In many hours of painstaking effort, she firstly attempts to grasp the architectural details she wants to depict using sketches and photographs. Only then does she set about their conversion to tapestry. In this way, stairs are created that you want to climb, windows that you want to open - milestones along a path whose continuing development we can watch out for with great anticipation.
Her most-recently completed tapestries have a quite individual quality of their own. They are curtained windows in which the curtains have trapped a shimmering light that appears to make the entire tapestry shine. This is this light that shines forth in Roswitha Grützke.
Julius Grützke, Berlin 1997
Taken from: Roswitha Grützke: Gewebte Bilder 1982 - 1999 , Tübingen/Berlin 2000.