Stefanie Gundlach also had a career in graphic design working at one point with Warner Bros on the Harry Potter, but now she enjoys life as an independent artist. “Commercial briefs are very restricting”, she says. “Working independently is incredibly liberating. Sometimes just doodling results in something I can use”. She acknowledges, though, that her commercial work served as kind of an apprenticeship. “Having to find absolutely precise colour matches and harmonies for commercial printing across a variety of media probably helped to sharpen my perception”.
“My work is inspired by colours, textures and patterns in my surroundings. I enjoy exploring the artistic elements of colour, line and shape, experimenting with various media and techniques. All of my paintings develop intuitively. I start free of preconceptions and open to possibilities, experimenting with colours and textures until the subject begins to emerge. I don’t ask questions of it and trust it will lead the way.”
“My work for “Fragments” is all about collating different kinds of fragments, be it physical pieces of old sketches and paintings or memories and ideas. With all pieces being abstract to a varying degree, they hopefully invite the viewer to add fragments of their own from memories or imagination, evoked by looking at the work before them. Each new viewing creates the possibility of a new interpretation and understanding. New memories are created, new fragments emerge.”