I have stepped out of the studio and framed canvas, into the world and want to make people value the moment when they encounter my work.
I'm mainly a stencil artist, but I also still draw with coloured pencils and paint traditionally with paintbrushes. Some works are collages with paper, photos and paint. Sometimes I use these media separately, sometimes I mix them, I just do what is spontaneously possible.
The inspiration for my work comes from fashion photography, models and fashion magazines. I choose photos of female fashion models that I identify with and I transform them into colourful stencil graffiti, paintings or drawings. I put them on walls and leave a mark there to show: I have been here at this very moment.
Sunny and light places with water nearby, like Barcelona, Ibiza, Formentera or Mykonos, inspire me. I put my work in the streets of the aforementioned islands or cities like Barcelona, Madrid, London, Berlin, Düsseldorf, etc., because at these places I feel forms of excitement, relaxation or the desire to stay. When I do this, I value the moment most. I am especially fond of decaying or rough concrete walls in dilapidated surroundings which are already painted with graffiti or hidden places, like concrete stairs, rough wooden doors, dilapidated hotel ruins or boats sheds. These places create a contrast to the beauty of my heroines.
You can find me working in the streets, glueing my paste-ups on walls, or drawing, painting and cutting stencils in my studio. Recently, I have started to add strong poetic statements to my works, e.g. "All we have is here and now", which has been intensified during the lonely and less cheerful Corona times, while I spent a lot of time close to my two kids.
Some of the fashion models the photos of whom I use in my work have reacted. For example, Coco Rocha owns three spray painted works and says they are "epic". Moreover, Karlie Kloss, mentioned "I love (her) work", so does Michelle Buswell. My art is not common fan art, as you might have noticed so far. It's rather I identify with the image and let it speak for me. I tend to combine the characters with poetic statements ('Take me to Tagomago', 'Lost in space and time', 'All we have is here and now') to make a direct and poetic appeal to the viewer, who sees my work at a special moment at a special place.
From Fine Art and Teaching Art to Street Art
I am a trained teacher for Art and English at secondary schools.
I studied Fine Art and Didactics of Art at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the classes of Jörg Immendorff and Jan Dibbets and graduated as Master Student of Jan Dibbets and with my Staatsexamen in 2005. I finished my Art Studies with large-scale oil painted canvasses about the topic 'Isolated communication'.
At the same time I also studied teaching English as a foreign language and after the graduation, I became a teacher for Art and English in Germany.
In 2016, I moved to Hamburg where I now live with my family and work as a teacher and artist. Since August 2021 I have worked at Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Klosterstieg 19, 20149 Hamburg.
I have worked with students in art lessons, in projects, in extra-curricular activities or for regional competitions since 2005. Together, we have created stage designs, murals, sculptures, (large-scale) paintings, mixed-media posters or reliefs, etc. Of course, we made some stencil graffiti, too. I'm also always interested in working together with other teachers, artists, designers, etc. That's why I have collaborated with them many times. Team spirit is the key and the work with other people, young or older, always continues to inspire me. Here are some impressions of my work with students, etc. and the products we made.