Artists: Susanne Steines
Born in 1969 in Giessen, Germany.
Since she was given her first crayon as a child, she paints with her left hand. Entering school she ended up writing with both hands, thus maintaining a cerebral equilibrium her entire life. She studies French and German literature and linguistics in Cologne and continues her passion for painting. While working as a journalist and poet, she takes classes in portraiture and nudes. In a significant self-portrait she uses, for the first time, letters in order to create lines and shadows. She begins to create paintings/poems writing with both hands at the same time. Detaching herself from the alphabet, she finds her own ambidextrous language. She investigates the possibilities that the ambidextrous brain opens to consciousness. Understanding the brain as the human's instrument to gain awareness about the cosmos, she amplifies the limits of her sensibility. She is more and more attracted by the elegance and poetry of the cosmos. With the will to visualize its energies, she creates images that seem to be lacking gravity. Her lines are always about to dissolve again into pure energy. Pastel is the adequate medium to create this effect of weightlessness. The particles of dust are dispersed by the energies that move the universe. When she works with oil, the “Strings of Characters” solidify. Her bigger formats are composed with a mixture of pictorial elements from Stone Age murals and elements of today's urban graffiti. In her rare self-portraits she explores the expressions of a soul that has surrendered to the unknown forces of the cosmos. It could be stated that all her work emanates from the self-observation of an ambidextrous brain.
Important literary publications:
2000 "Man muss den Tod abschaffen", Interview with Michel Houellebecq in "Die Zeit"
2005 "Xibalbá", Essay on the Mexican rainforest with photographs by John Mack
2008 Exhibition, "Xibalbá, los sueños perdidos de la Selva Lacandona", Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City
She has published poetry in German and Spanish in several magazines.
Her first novel will be published by the end of 2008.