Artist Statement, 2020
Gudrun’s art celebrates memorable yet fleeting moments in time, in the ever-changing dance between color, light, form and phenomena. Bold colorful images (paintings, mixed media, and printmaking) draw their subject matter from the world around and within her – the environment of the Annapolis Valley, Bay of Fundy, Canada’s Wilderness and Garden spaces at home and abroad; mixed with the inner landscape of memory, metaphor and vision.
Gudrun immigrated to Canada from a small rural village in Germany, at 19 years of age. She holds degrees in Visual Art (UVIC-BFA) as well as in Healthcare (Victoria; MEd. Acadia) and has operated a small seasonal studio gallery in Wolfville, NS, between 1993 and 2008. Printmaking and drawing, as well as painting, have been vital media in her art making vocabulary – references to her upbringing in an environment of hands-on skilled trades and horticulture / botany, which respectively inform her printmaking work and her large sized floral portraits.
“Making art represents for me an act of sanity; a process of mending together the fugitive impressions of past, present and future in a way few other experiences allow”.
“Envisioning, transforming and creating are at their deepest level a healing experience. Creativity is the common language we share as humans – a language so ancient, so contemporary, and universal as our being in time. I would like to use this gift to contribute, inspire and celebrate the complex, marvelous and mysterious adventure of being alive”.
Gudrun’s work has been exhibited in Germany and Canada, and is found in both private and public collections nationally and internationally. She has recently returned to art practice following several years dedicated to family matters and healthcare employment commitments.