Gretta Louw is a performance, video and installation artist whose practice seeks to explore the potential of art as a means of investigating individual, cultural and universal psychological phenomena. Often drawing on current and historical theories of psychological functioning, the artist seeks to test the boundaries and peculiarities of the human psyche and particularly its unconscious elements, plumbing the depths of her own unconscious with durational performances, formulating participatory actions replicating established tests of psychological functioning in a fine art context, comparing culturally informed differences in psychological functioning between groups, and creating installations and art objects that form a basis for meditation.
Gretta was born in South Africa but grew up in Australia, she received an Honours Degree from the University of Western Australia in 2002, subsequently living in Japan and New Zealand before settling in Berlin. She has exhibited at a number of the German capital’s premier alternative art spaces and received two recent grants from German institutions for participatory and performance art pieces. A member of the Berlin-based WerkStadt artist collective, Gretta was an artist in residence at The Glasshouse in Tel Aviv before arriving at Flux.