The studio of Jacqueline Schäfer is a colourful explosion of paintings and sculptures. Her style is highly recognisable and draws on elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti.
What does being an artist mean to you?
If you ask someone to describe what it means to be an artist, they’ll probably talk about two extremes. On one hand, there’s the talented and dedicated artist who is tragically unappreciated – and whose work only acquires value after their death. And on the other hand, there’s the artist who has achieved celebrity status and is able to sell anything. However, there is a middle ground with the artist who just can’t help but follow his or her dreams and create art. That’s where I fit in.
What does your work depict?
In my life, I look for balance and peacefulness. Some artists need pain and conflict to be able to express themselves. Not me. I try to create a world of harmony and happiness in my work. Although I am well aware of the conflicts in the world, earthquakes, wars, child abuse… In a sort of escapism, I create these peaceful nature mortes and portraits where violence doesn’t exist.
Has your style changed over the years?
Yes and no. A canvas painted 10 years ago is different from a canvas painted today. The style hasn’t changed but one can recognise the different periods in my life.
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