Artist Statement

For most of my early life, I lived in southern Germany in the area of the ‘Black Forest’ where tradition, culture, and the beauty of the landscape have always inspired my senses. They belong to me like salt belongs to the sea.

The darkness of the forest and the impermeability of the clay soil there had an impact on people’s lives. People retell the legends and stories about the woods and the creatures that reside in this natural habitat. Still today, the characters of the past that mimic the unique features of the dark woods are part of festivals and cultural events. These authentic figures still invoke memories in my dreams that bring back my connection to and longing for this area. I am one of those creatures: not so predictable, yet, rooted and reflecting that typical sensibility.

My first impression, when I relocated to the Chicago area was that I seemed to be in a dispassionate environment of empty skyscrapers. I searched for a connection to this place and context for self-expression studying Art and Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The impacts of my cultural ties contend with my new reality in Chicago and gave me the idea of opening up social structures. I had to deal with myself, an unfamiliar cultural background, and with challenges of a segmented multicultural community.

Through my involvement at the Chicago Mosaic School and Chicago Public Schools’ Program ‘After School Matters’ I have become a passionate teacher in the art of mosaic making to students of all ages. Because of my strong 2-D background I have also introduced painting and drawing to various groups. Since I am concerned about nature, I am involved in the green movement supporting the implementation of sustainable resources. Always respecting nature in my art practices, I am attracted to and fascinated by natural stone, its smell and color, and the story that found objects tell me. My art portrays my fascination with various media and texture such as paint, pencil, stone, found objects, and smalti, Byzantine molten glass.

My artistic storytelling plays with the reflection and absorption of light. Light and shade - ‘Licht und Schatten’ - create the beauty of things that matter in my life. Every mark or element matters on my canvas. Every part of my artwork reflects my logic and aesthetic. Here again I find my passion in unforeseen surprises.

 

 

Education

Master of Arts in Art Education, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 2009

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Concentration in Sculpture, Degree August 2006

Adult Continuing Studies, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL 2000-2001

Bachelor of Economy, VWA Stuttgart, Germany, Degree 1988

Work Experience

2000-Present Artist, Media: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Evanston, IL

1992-1996 Product Manager, Wuerttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik AG, Geislingen, Germany

1988-1992 District Manager, Wuerttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik AG, Geislingen, Germany

1984-1988 Assistant to CEO, Sales Department
Wuerttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik AG, Geislingen, Germany

1970-1984 Apprenticeship, various positions in business administration

Exhibitions

“Art Under Glass”, City of Evanston, October - December 2009

“A Green Arts Showcase”, Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, November 2009

“The 15th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”, Exhibition, Gene Sisk Film Center, Chicago, August-September 2009

“Thinking in Time Cross-generational Reflections on Change”, Insight Arts, Chicago, May-June 2009

“Change”, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, April 2009

“Change?”, The Social Force Art Collaborative Installation at The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, October 2008

”Speaking to my Ancestors“, The Artisan Gallery, Chicago, January 2008

Holiday Bazaar, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, November 2007

Fall Festival, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, October 2007

Homegrown Artists, City of Evanston, August 2007

“Light Rays”, Solo Exhibition Frame Warehouse, Evanston, June 2007

26 th Annual Juried Art Show, Friends of the Library, Wilmette, June 2007

Winter Festival, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, February 2007

Curator’s Choice Exhibition, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, February 2007

Winter Art Expo, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, December 2006

Homegrown Artists, City of Evanston, October 2006

Arts Foundation, Skopolos, Greece, July 2006

“Crazy Mamas”, The Lucid Artist Coop Gallery, Chicago, June 2006

“The Moss Devil”, Installation BFA Exhibition, G2 Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 2006

Maquette Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center Peoria, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, February 2006

Finalist Remet Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2005

Finalist Remet Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2004

Awards

Dr. Margaret Burroughs Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009

Curator’s Choice, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago,  February 2007

 



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