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BETWEEN SPACE AND MATTER
Since 1992, Stefanie Welk has primarily been working with the materials steel and wire, which she transforms into a plastic shape by bending, knotting, and welding. From her causal study of the representation of people, she expanded her work by dealing with the interaction between humans and space. The artistic perspective considers both the social as well as the metaphorical space that is characterised by movement and dynamics as much as it is by force fields and power lines.
In Stefanie Welk’s works, metal is thus also the light and air-permeable medium for spiritual currents from which their characters are imbued and that also radiate due to the powerful design language. Due to their delicate nature, many of the sculptures also appeared as drawings in the space that describe both their own volume as well as the surrounding field connect to it.
Contemporary issues of modern society, such as networking, upheaval, and the urge to always to grow are consistently recognised across the various work groups. Since 2004, Stefanie Welk has been dedicated to the public space, from which numerous large sculptures were created in order to enter into diverse correspondence due to their surface texture and dimensionality with existing lighting conditions, day and night.
MOMENTS OF CHANGE AND MOVEMENT
Stefanie Welk has intensively researched inner processes of change and their expression in moments of movement. This has influenced her artistic language of form: her figures are on the one hand clearly contoured, on the other hand they dissolve into energy fields.
50 SECONDS: THE WORK PROCESS
“Innovation starts as an idea, as a powerful vision. But only through its implementation does it become innovation. They must withstand the reality, materialising in it, and thus ultimately change it. External impulses form into having ideas, and my job as an artist is to bring them to the ground, to realise them. Innovative technologies are also opening ever new possibilities for me.”
“I see people as an open system, which is not clearly delineated from its surroundings, although we initially perceive it differently. The central theme of my artistic work has always been images of people, or the incarnations of humans. In the course of my creations, works have emerged that show how I try to increasingly permeate this theme. Art for me is meditation that also describes a balance between perceiving, receiving, and active forms. It is a state in which I try to pass something through me and to give this something an individual expression that touches, inspires, and fascinates me. New spaces open up in my mind that I pass on through my artistic work.”
|2013||opening of the studio in Mannheim|
|2011||artistic exploration with the principles of permaculture for creating alternative living facilities. Several travels to Greece.|
|2005||“Thought-Order – Thought-Chaos”: Teaching assignment at the Junior-Akademie Adelsheim, Science Academy Baden-Württemberg|
|2002||„Space in the tense athmoshere of architecture, design and art“: Teaching assignment at the Akademie für Gestaltung Rhein-Neckar. During the interdisciplinary workshop with students an experimental installation was created.|
|2001||study of “Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness” at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA|
|1999||work as a freelance artist|
|1992-1999||Study of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg|
|1972||born in Heidelberg|
Scholarships and awards
|2021||Project grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg|
|2002||1. prize in the SAP “future competition”, Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum, Ludwigshafen and SAP AG|
|“Paul Harris Fellow”, Rotary Club, San Francisco, USA|
|2001-2002||Rotary scholarship for studies in San Francisco, USA|
|1992||Renate-Maria-Radbruch-prize for visual arts|
|1991||first prize in a competition about Japan of the Baden-Württemberg ministry for culture and sports: educational trip to Japan|
|1989-1990||scholarship of the German Bundestag: 1 year stay in the USA|
|1987||medal for a poster design for the European integration, 34th European Competition|
Exhibitions and projects
|2020||Art Karlsruhe, One Artist Show, presented by gallery owner Petra Kern|
|2019||“Wandering Souls”, with Anne-Christin Roda, Gallery Benjamin Eck, Munich|
|“Free Spirit”, floating installation for the iLive Tower, iLive Holding, Aalen|
|Contemporary Basel, presented by gallery owner Petra Kern|
|Art Karlsruhe, presented by gallery owner Petra Kern|
|2018||Wall installation in 25 m length for Nedschroef Holding, Netherlands|
|Participation at the symposium of the “International Forest Art Trail”, Darmstadt|
|“Living between Dimensions”, exhibition with Katharina Lehmann, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich|
|Participation in the art festival “Artbreit” in Marktbreit|
|“Between Energy and Matter”, solo exhibition at Kunstverein Kulmbach, Sparkasse|
|2017||“Embrace” outdoor sculpture, artists’ symposium Hemsbach|
|Reinach Gallery Night, Gallery Strittgäßli, Reinach, Switzerland|
|“Art at the Muba”, Birgitta Leupin Gallery|
|Solo exhibition “ZeitMenschRaum” at the KunstFenster of the Kunstverein Ladenburg|
|2016||“Transition_Red”, Outdoor sculpture, Homburg/Saar, private property|
|“wire 2016”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|2015||“Human – Space – Light”. Retrospective solo exhibition, Museums Burg Altena, German Wire Museum, City gallery of Altena, catalogue|
|“On the Web”, exhibition with Margot Witte and Katrin Mosimann, Kunstverein Barsinghausen|
|“Bluevolution”, Outdoor sculpture, Homburt/Saar, private property|
|“Steel Innovation Award 2015”, Award for Innovations in the steel industry, design and realization|
|2014||18th Art Innsbruck, group presentation of Suisse Arte, International Fair for Contemporary Art|
|Group exhibition, Kunstforum Forst|
|“wire 2014”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|solo exhibition at the Dreba AG, Basel/CH, curated by Petra S. Köhler, Gegenwart gallery, Karlsruhe|
|“Equilibrium”, Outdoor sculpture, Chemnitz/G, private property|
|2013||“siebenfach”. Group exhibition, Kunstverein Germersheim.|
|“vis-a-vis”, exhibition with Margot Witte, Paul Feederle GmbH, Karlsruhe|
|“networked”, solo exhibition, gallery 38, Karlsruhe|
|2012||22th Art Fair at the Frauenmuseum, Bonn|
|“Break-through”, edition for the German Society for Material Science, Frankfurt a.M.|
|“Steel Innovation Award 2012”, Award for Innovations in the steel industry, design and realization|
|“wire 2012”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|group exhibition, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Basel/CH|
|“Art Querfeld”, group exhibition, Basel/CH|
|“unfold”, exhibition with Daniela Flörsheim, Gegenwart Gallery, Karlsruhe-Durlach|
|“Sky Dancer“, winner design for the casa altra, art at the building competition, Düsseldorf|
|2010||exhibition with Gerd Marenbach, Manfred-Sauer-Stiftung, Lobbach|
|“Summer-Exhibition”, group exhibition, Kunstförderverein Weinheim|
|2009||“Art in the Box”, exhibition project, Mein Lager 24 GmbH, Mannheim|
|„Geometrie-Stereometrie”, exhibition project, BoConcept, Mannheim|
|„Luftlinien“, solo exhibition, Gegenwart Gallery, Karlsruhe-Durlach|
|solo exhibition, Volksbank Stuttgart, Kunsthaus Schill, Stuttgart|
|“Steel Innovation Award 2009”, Award for Innovations in the steel industry, design and realization|
|„Qua-Draht“, solo exhibition Kunstwerk Gallery, Heimbach|
|2008||“wire 2008”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|exhibition project, central station Karlsruhe|
|symposium of artists, Landesgartenschau, Bad Rappenau|
|exhibition project at the International Horse Race, Baden-Baden, curated by Gegenwart Gallery, Karlsruhe|
|„Visions“, solo exhibition and performance, cultural festival at the Frankfurter Hof, Altstadt Gallery Lehnert|
|2007||solo exhibition, EigenArt Gallery, Karlsruhe|
|exhibition project at the „International Steel Conference“, Hotel Intercontinental, Berlin|
|OW-Art, Trade Fair for Contemporary Art, Buchen|
|solo exhibition, Art at Klinikum Langensteinbach e.V. SRH- Klinikum, Langensteinbach|
|“Focus Art”, exhibition project, Anatomiegarten, Heidelberg|
|2006||„Beziehungsweisen“, group exhibition, Museum Neckargemünd|
|“Steel Innovation Award 2006”, Award for Innovations in the steel industry, design and realization|
|solo exhibition at the Center for Body, Art and Culture, Heidelberg|
|exhibition with Jo Claes and Alexander Stroh, Künstlerhaus Karlsruhe|
|2005||„Energy-Net-Work“, solo exhibition, Altstadt Gallery Lehnert, Mainz|
|solo exhibition, Graf Gallery, Heidelberg|
|“wire & soul“, performance in cooperation with the dancers and choreografs Josef Eder (München) und Christine Lindlbauer (Linz/AT) with wire costumes, Zwinger-Theater, Heidelberg|
|“wire 2004”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|solo exhibition, Art at Klinikum Langensteinbach e.V. SRH- Klinikum, Langensteinbach|
|„Peacing It Together“, project mit German, Jewish and arabic students from Israel, Heidelberg|
|solo exhibition, v. Fircks-Huth Gallery, Fuchstal-Leder|
|2003||solo exhibition, private gallery Dr. Thomas Ehrensperger, Basel/CH|
|solo exhibition, gallery at the Hotel Schwanen, Rapperswil/CH|
|exhibition with Demir Demiroski, Blavius Gallery, Versmold|
|2002||solo exhibition, Wohnraum D4, Baar/CH|
|solo exhibition, Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum, Ludwigshafen|
|“Fall exhibition”, group exhibition, castle Schwetzingen, Art Agency Schröck-Schmidt|
|„Multiple“, group exhibition, Art Box Gallery, Frankfurt/Main|
|2001||group exhibition, Ebert Gallery, San Francisco/USA|
|2000||group exhibition, Top Air Gallery, airport Stuttgart|
|solo exhibition and performance at the Power Station Elsenztal|
|„wire 2000“, contract work at the Wire Trade Show for Lamitref/Lamifil, Düsseldorf|
|“wire 2000”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|1999||solo exhibition, Deutsche Telekom AG, Mannheim|
|“wire 1998”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|group exhibition, Lafayette Gallery, Chicago/USA|
|1997||“Interwire”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Atlanta/USA|
|group exhibition, Rundbau Gallery, Neckarwestheim|
|„Doppel-Ich“, exhibition with Alvaro Garcia Ordonez, Graf Gallery, Heidelberg|
|1996||“wire 1996”, solo exhibition at the International Trade Fair for industrial wire, Düsseldorf|
|“The dream of flying”, exhibition with Alvaro Garcia Ordonez, Graf Gallery, Heidelberg|
|„Minotauros“, group exhibition, Kunstförderverein Weinheim e.V.|
|1995||group exhibition, interactive forum for the arts, Mannheim castle|
|1994||contract work for the Fair Hannover, ABB Isodraht GmbH|
|1993||group exhibition “Wesens Art”, Stadthalle Heidelberg|
|1992||group exhibition, Heidelberg Arts Festival, castle Heidelberg|
|1992||„Jugend gestaltet“, group exhibition, art association, Rhein-Neckar, Mannheim|
Art in public space / Acquisitions
|2020||“Feuerläufer”, wire sculpture for the Beisheim Foundation, Düsseldorf, acquisition|
|2019||“Dream in you”, outdoor sculpture for the city of Weinheim, acquisition|
|2018||“Wasserläufer”, outdoor sculpture for the Luisenpark Mannheim, acquisition|
|2017||“Embrace”, outdoor sculpture for the city of Hemsbach/artist symposium, acquisition|
|2016||“Transformer”, Städtisches Museum Iserlohn, acquisition|
|2015||“Departure“, Museen Märkischer Kreis, acquisition|
|„Transparency“, design, realization and installation of the steel sculpture at the building of COWA GmbH, Gottmadingen|
|2013||„Capricorn“, Design and realization of the sculpture for the Aschera-Park, Schiers/CH, acquisition|
|2012||„Sprinter“, Städtisches Museum Iserlohn, acquisition|
|2011||„Out of Steel“, Design and realization of the sculpture at the outdoor area of AOK-Systems, Bonn, acquisition|
|„Pol-Springer“, sculpture for the entrance area of Bruker Bio-Spin, Ettlingen, acquisition|
|2010||„Time Runner“, sculpture for the 950-year city anniversary of Roth, donated by Leonische Drahtwerke, Weissenburg|
|„Home Run“, design and realization of a wire sculpture for TriStar, USA, acquisition|
|„Cycles of Life“, realized winner-design for the 20-year anniversary of „Der Grüne Punkt“, Duales System Deutschland, acquisition|
|2009||Group of sculptures “Lightdancers” for the Internationale Dental-Schau, Köln. Afterwards, installation at the outdoor area of the company building in Ispringen, acquisition|
|2008||„Room for Reflections“, Design of a room at the Arte Hotel Luise, Berlin|
|„Äolus“, presentation of the sculpture at the Landesgartenschau, Bad Rappenau|
|2007||„Sprinter“, edition of wire sculptures for BW-Bank, Stuttgart, acquisition|
|2006||four sculptures for the SRH-hospitals, presentation at the Hauptstadtkongress, ICC, Berlin, acquisition|
|„Plexter“, stainless steel sculpture for the “Kunstweg” in Abtsteinach, Odenwald, sponsored by Sparkassenstiftung Starkenburg|
|2005||„Free Fall“, wire sculpture for the “Kunstweg”, Tromm, Odenwald, sponsored by Sparkassenstiftung Starkenburg|
|“Space Dance”, wire sculpture for the „Garden of Science“ at the Weizman Institut, Rehovot, Israel, acquisition|
|„Luna_Plexus“, outdoor installation for the „Nacht der Sinne“, Mainz|
|2004||„Walking Upright“, SRH-Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, acquisition|
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