Greta Schödl, born in Austria in 1929, is one of the most significant artists working in the field of visual poetry in Italy in the 60s, 70s and 80s, yet her work is virtually unknown to the mainstream public.
Schödl graduated from the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 1953 and had an immediate burst of intense artistic activity until her pregnancy (and subsequent children) interrupted her work. She moved to Bologna, and for over seven years she stopped making works. On return to her artistic practice she focused on reproducing text (characters and symbols) in regular and repetitive patterns. The base-support materials in her works reference the meaning of these symbols and characters: golden symbols are superimposed onto paper and canvas, old books, ironing boards, textiles, letters, mannequins, and bed sheets.