Conny Goelz Schmitt

Member: 2014-2020

  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Slowpoke, painted silk on vintage book paper collage, 47 x 20 x 2 inches, 2018.

  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    What Goes Around Comes Around, interactive sculpture, vintage book parts, 7 x 7 x 6 inches, 2018.

    What Goes Around Comes Around
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Bubbler, vintage book paper collage, 9.25x6.5x1 inches, 2018.

  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Fly By, wall object made of vintage book parts, 10 x 10 x 6 inches, 2019.

    Fly By
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Hard to Catch, wall object, vintage book parts, 13 x 10 x 6 inches, 2019.

    Hard to Catch
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Feeler, wall object, vintage book parts, 21 x 9 x 6 inches, 2019.

  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Quiet Time, interactive sculpture, vintage book parts, 9 x 7 x 5 inches, 2018.

    Quiet Time

Artist Statement

I create geometric collages, assemblages and sculptures with vintage book parts. My work is a never-ending story where I play with deconstruction and reconstruction, and changing dimensionality—often within one piece.

On the hunt for textured surfaces and faded colors I deconstruct discarded vintage books. By means of décollage the element of chance becomes an integral part of my process. While extending the margins of my compositions I build new space, always conscious of maintaining balance and harmony within the work. Although my work seems planned and calculated it evolves organically within a rule-based system. The interplay of sizes, shapes and color leads me on a search for the perfect placement of my salvaged and manipulated material. This pursuit becomes both meditation and ritual.

Artist Bio

Conny Goelz Schmitt is a collage artist and sculptor who spent her youth in Germany, moved to Taiwan in her twenties, and relocated to the US in 1996. Having been immersed in three very different cultures, she is drawn to hard edge painting influenced by the German "attention to detail," the retro color palette reminiscent of Taiwan in the 80s, and the very often experimental and creative pioneering spirit of Americans. Her medium of choice is almost without exception the vintage book.

In Germany she studied Sinology and German Literature at Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen. She was named Sculptor of the Year by Chief Curator of Boston University, Kate McNamara in CAA's 69th Members' Prize Show. In 2016, Paul C. Ha, Director of the List Visual Art Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, selected her work for the Best Multi Media Prize in CAA's National Prize Show.

Besides exhibiting at Kingston Gallery, Boston, her work has been featured at Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (Germany), the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini, Viterbo (Italy), The Painting Center, New York, Site: Brooklyn, New York, The Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA, and Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, among others. Conny has a studio in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Work available on Artsy


Transformations, group show on Artsy, May 28-June 18, 2020
Neverending Stories, June 5-30, 2019
More Questions than Answers, April 4-29, 2018
Relay, January 4-29, 2017
Reconsidered, June 1-26, 2016
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
Uncovered, April 1-26, 2015
Kingston Associates Annual Exhibition: Free Association: 2014, July 30-August 29, 2014

Press + Media

Griffin, Grace. "My Instagram: Conny Goelz Schmitt combines harmony and history through sculpture." The Boston Globe, Lifestyle, March 9, 2020.
"Conny Goelz Schmitt: Neverending Stories." Kingston Blog, June 20, 2019.
Neverending Stories, April 16, 2019.
"Check out Conny Goelz Schmitt's Artwork." BostonVoyager, May 28, 2018.
Einspruch, Franklin. "Conny Goelz Schmitt: More Questions than Answers," The Delicious Line, April 6, 2018.
Conny Goelz Schmitt: When there are More Questions Than Answers
Conny Goelz Schmitt Brings New Meaning to Old Books in Her Exhibition Uncovered

Facebook: Conny Goelz-Schmitt

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