Lately I've been into collage, and the idea of repurposing materials to make new work. And taking it one step further would be to consider the ways that everyday materials -- like plastic bags, sheets of paper and other plastics, tape, cardboard, or fragments of textile -- can be fitted into compositions brimming with intensity (sometimes quietly) and wonderful color. Steffen was born in Berlin and works in Dresden, Germany, where he is also represented by Gallery Weißer Hirsch. I asked him a few questions:
How did you become interested in the sort of work you do?
I thought about my honesty in art and listen to my internal dialogue. More then before. So I started to look whats next to me. What are my problems ? Then I work on solutions.
Do you have any artistic or creative influences (other artists, mentors...)?
I was influenced by Franz Kline, Richard Tuttle, John Chamberlaine, Pierre Soulages. For example.
What is it like working as an artist in Dresden? What is the art community like there?
To work in Dresden is like to work as an artist anywhere, I guess . The community here is great and active. And I think the artwork in Dresden is very important for the cultural development for the city.
What have been/are some of your biggest challenges when it comes to your work (creatively, emotionally, it's affect on your life, etc)?
Once I find out what art means to me. It is allaround me and mostly it do not looks like art. Its the
way I look and think and decide. The way I ask and answer.
More information and examples of Steffen's work can be found at artitious.com.