Theresa Gondorf is a contemporary artist for abstract art, living in Hamburg and Bayreuth, Germany. She uses acrylic colours and mixed media on stretched canvases or wood canvases. The typical structure and thereby depth and light effects of the paintings are being achieved by her signature decoupage layers, applied mostly after the base layer and before the multiple acrylic colour layers.
How did you get into art?
My path into art began at a young age through my exploration and experimentation with nature and seeking connections in unexpected places. By observing the intricate details of nature, I began to see patterns, textures, and colors that sparked my imagination. I found joy in capturing these observations through experimenting with mixed media and finally by painting.
I believe that creativity is about cultivating a mindset that embraces curiosity, open-mindedness, and a willingness to explore the connections between seemingly disparate things. Art, to me, is a way of thinking that allows me to weave together ideas, concepts, and experiences that may appear distant or unrelated at first glance.
Through self-exploration and experimentation, I have honed my artistic skills and developed my artistic voice. It is a personal and enriching experience that has allows me to express my thoughts, emotions, and perspectives in a visual form.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
My artistic style as an abstract painter can be described as "Expressive Abstraction." I strive to create art that resonates with highly sensitive individuals, offering a balance between impactful expression and a nuanced aesthetic.
When it comes to color palette, I explore three distinct possibilities. I either work with a monochromatic scheme of all black or all white, or I embrace vibrant and diverse colors. Each choice of palette allows me to convey different moods, emotions, and narratives within my abstract compositions.
My techniques and texture play a vital role in creating the signature structure, depth, and lighting effects in my paintings. I achieve this through my distinctive decoupage layers, which are applied after the base layer and before multiple acrylic color layers. These decoupage layers incorporate various everyday materials, ranging from paper napkins to natural pressed leaves or sand. The combination of these materials adds a tactile quality and visual interest, enhancing the overall visual experience.
The inspiration and conceptual framework behind my art lie in the concept of memory and its different phases. Each layer of the painting represents a distinct phase and memory in life. Some memories are preserved by chance or intentionally with the use of covering tape, shining through from previous layers. Others may become lost and forgotten beneath new layers. Deliberately painting over certain memories, especially negative ones, creates space for new colors that align better with the present, resulting in the final painting. Every layer is crucial in the process of constructing the ultimate artwork, building upon one another step by step.
How do you go about developing your work?
When approaching the development of my artwork, I follow a structured process and typically have a plan in place for each piece from the beginning. I begin by creating sketches to visualize the composition and overall concept.
Next, I carefully select a base layer for the artwork, considering materials such as paper napkins, pressed leaves and flowers, or even sand, depending on the desired texture and mood of the piece. Additionally, I determine the color palette in advance, carefully choosing the hues that will best convey the intended message or atmosphere.
As I work on my artwork, I allow each layer to dry before applying the next one. This patience is crucial as it gives me time to reflect on the progress and allows the different stages to influence the development of the piece. Sometimes, this process spans days, weeks, or even months.
Ultimately, I consider an artwork complete when it feels "round" and harmonious, with minimal or no elements that may disrupt the overall composition.
Who or what influences you?
When it comes to influences, there is a multitude of factors that shape my artistic journey. As a highly sensitive person, I often find myself filtering out certain elements to ensure they don't unintentionally seep into my work. However, there are several key influences that have had a profound impact on my artistic development:
First and foremost, Gerhard Richter holds a special place in my heart. I feel a deep connection to his abstract works and the underlying philosophy that guides his artistic approach. Richter's ability to evoke emotions through his art resonates with me on a profound level.
Secondly, Jeff Koons has been a significant influence. Beyond the surface-level perfection of his pieces, there is a depth and complexity that reveals itself upon closer inspection. Koons' ability to imbue his artworks with layers of meaning and conceptual depth is truly remarkable.
Pierre Soulages is another artist who has left an indelible mark on me. His exceptional manipulation of light and texture in his pieces creates captivating and immersive experiences. The way Soulages masterfully captures and expresses powerful emotions through his art has greatly influenced my own exploration of mood and atmosphere.
Additionally, I draw inspiration from the Tachism of Toyen. The newer works in my portfolio have been subtly influenced by the unique artistic style of Toyen, adding a twist to my artistic expression.
Lastly, the world of graffiti and street art has also played a significant role in shaping my aesthetic perspective. The raw energy, vibrant colors, and urban narratives found in these art forms have influenced my visual sensibilities and informed my creative choices.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I have an exciting project in the works that I can't wait to share with all of you. Currently, I am immersed in creating a monochrome series exclusively for this community. I am thrilled to announce that you will have the opportunity to purchase these monochrome pieces through the New and Abstract Online Shop. This collaboration has been a source of great joy for me, and I am eager to see these artworks find their new homes.
Working exclusively in monochrome is a personal challenge that I embrace with bravery and enthusiasm. It is a deliberate choice that allows me to explore the power of simplicity, work within the constraints of a limited palette, and amplify the focus on essential elements. By embracing this unconventional approach, I aim to challenge conventional norms and push the boundaries of artistic expression.
For me, working with monochrome is not just about the absence of color, but rather a profound exploration of the subtleties, textures, and interplay of shades within a single hue. It is through these minimal visual elements that I strive to convey deep meaning and evoke powerful emotions. This commitment to finding creative solutions within the realm of simplicity is what drives my artistic journey.
I invite you all to join me on this artistic endeavor and be captivated by the monochrome series. Keep a close eye on the New and Abstract Online Shop for updates, as these unique pieces will soon be available for you to own and enjoy. Together, let's celebrate the bravery of simplicity and embark on a visual experience that challenges the boundaries of artistic norms.