Amrei Hofstätter has produced a colourful new series of artworks called entitled Gold Is Made In Supernovae. Her work has caught the eye of the Digital Arts team, so we talked with her to find out more about her new creations.
Amrei Hofstätter currently lives in Berlin and her art has been exhibited in galleries across Europe. Before striking out as an artist, she worked in a number of ad agencies, but came to realise that she wasn't happy in this area of work.
“As a child, I always felt drawn to science as much as comic books and art, and I knew my place was somewhere in between those two fields of work," she says.
Amrei describes her eclectic style as "science fictional origami acid" style as eclectic. She says “I strongly agree with the theory that as adults we mostly tend to love the same things we loved as children, so I would say there are as many things from my childhood as there are from my adult life."
Amrei's work is inspired by the idea of misbalance and imperfection. Dolls and hybrids are often found in his pieces and she says he has become “obsessed” with the Japanese art of Origami.
One of the most striking parts of Amrei's work is the use of colour. She says that “colour is a vital aspect of my work, and I spend a lot of time contemplating the colours of each piece.”
Amrei explains that colour is a very quick way of creating moods, and that she likes to use the colours in her work as a way of “diverting” or “confusing” the spectator.
“My wish is that people get a certain feeling at first sight," she says, "but when they look again to actually explore the piece they will find a very different meaning there.”
Amrei's latest series of artwork, Gold Is Made In Supernovae demonstrates her ideas about colour and his unusual interesting sources of inspiration.
The idea of Gold Is Made In Supernovae' came to Amrei after reading an article about awe-inspiring huge stellar explosions known as supernovae. She was particularly inspired by a quote that described gold as a creation of dying stars.
“The Earth's most valuable and precious substance is the result of devastating destruction, a pattern which is recreated by the human race in it's ongoing, violent pursuit of fortune and power” says Amrei.
One of the pieces from the collection, Halo Generator (above), takes as its subject the digitalization and depersonalization of society, as Amrei sees it. She says it's "about how in the future everything will be up for purchase with no effort."
She was influenced by the religion concept of the martyr, and specifically by the "tragedy of sacrificing oneself for nothing, when there is no glory left but only money."
To create her work, Amrei usually follows one of two patterns.
“I either start from scratch just to see where the inspiration will take me until the meaning is finally revealed," she explains, "or I have a very clear vision of what I want to do from the beginning.”
She often starts with very little detail, but continues to expand upon these details until she gets to the borders.
Amrei informs us that for her next big project she is collaborating with India-based fashion designer Manish Arora for her upcoming autumn/winter collection. Amrei describes it as “a dream come true” to be working with Arora. The project will be presented at Paris Fashion week in this month.