raised behind the Berlin Wall, traveled the world, now artist/painter in Sydney Australia
My work aims to reshape the image of a women from being a passive object of admiration or desire to one of an agent, actively participating in her world and responsible and in charge of her own life. Over many years I have been using the symbolism of military uniforms and accessories to attribute a sense of strength and power to my female subjects. The visual language was derived from a childhood spent behind the iron curtain in East Berlin. Poses and visual references are taken from the communist propaganda paintings so dominant in the art collection of the Palace of the Republic. The subjects often tower over the viewers as if untouchable.
This series features the “pilot girl” in particular. She is symbolic for modern day women, who are freedom fighters, daredevils and rebels. The act of flying carries so many associations to humans not only relating to space travel, pioneering and exploration but also to the feeling of being weightless and above earthly problems and concerns.
My recent works feature the pilot girl falling or floating, with a complete sense of abandonment and trust. There is no fear or panic in the fall but a knowledge that whatever happens, this will be your destiny.
I can see many parallels to our current times in a highly volatile world that carries so many threats and dangers, all we can do is take a leap of faith and jump. Once you have made that step there is no turning back and you will have to accept the path you have taken wholeheartedly.