Drawings”Toy,toi toi” My work of ink as well as graphite drawings is abstract yet incorporates some full or fragmented representational imagery . Initially a visual diary of forms is assembled from various sources pertaining to my life, my surrounding and to things I have just seen or have just encountered . As these sources may change over time, they encompass elements of organic or inorganic shapes (biological, botanical, environmental - or architectural, geometric, object related.) Marks and textures. As the drawing progresses I’m interested in ways to bring about continuous transformation of forms by using various drawing systems, distortion, spatial contradictions, destruction - reconstruction. In the working process hitherto unplanned shapes tend to emerge to be carried further and to lead to new directions and inventions, imagination, metamorphosis. I want certain forms still to remain object related and within the complexity of the work make them not to look like anything specific, or at least only vaguely so, if possible.They also must be located out of context. Most recently shapes of toys and their playfullness have become of interest. They initiated the new drawing cycle “Toy, toi toi” as well as, simultaneously, a group of small sculptures with the same title.
Artist Bio / CV
Born: Berlin, Germany Certificate of “masterpupil”, (Meisterschueler),BFA Academy of Art, Berlin, Germany, (Hochschule fuer bildende Kuenste) Major: Theater Costume Design In the US. Early years: Fashion Designer (one year). Editorial Illustrator: New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Visa, Mademoiselle, others. book covers, advertising. A shoe I designed, "racing car shoe", was manufactured and featured by Harpers Bazaar. Now the shoe is in the posession of the costume institute of the Metroplitan Museum of Art in NYC. Switch to fine art. Presently : painter, collagist, draftsman, (teacher) Exhibitions / groupshows 2000 “Celebrating Yaddo artists”, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 1999 Anderson Gallery, NYC 1998 “Small works”, Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC 1996 “Small works”, Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New school University, NYC 1995 “Sabbatical Leave Exhibition”, Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Design , New School University, NYC 1993 “Variations in Abstraction”, Frank Bustamante Gallery, NYC 1992 “Small works”, Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC 1991 “Faculty Academic Leave Exhibition”, Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC 1989 “Small works”, Parsons Gallery , Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC 1987 / 86 / 85 /84 / 83 A.I.R. Gallery, NYC 1980 Society of Illustrators, NYC Teaching: Parsons School of Design, New School University. Full time. Also taught at Pratt Institute and F.I.T. Awards / Grants 2004 Sabbatical Leave, 1988 Sabbatical Leave, 1995 Sabbatical Leave 1993 Faculty Development Grant, New School University, NYC 1992 ’Distinguished Award for Excellence in teaching”, New School University, NYC Featured in: 1970 Village Voice, Carry Rickey 1970 Harpers Bazaar, Woman’s Wear Dayly 1965-70 Harpers Bazaar, Graphis Magazine, Art Direction Scholarships for Residencies: 2007 / 2006 / 2004 / 2000 / 1998 / 1996 / 1995 / 1993 / 1991 , 1988 , Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2007 / 2006 / 1987 Yaddo 1986 / 85 / 84 The Mac Dowell Colony