Visual Arts Maria Schumacher

Maria Schumacher, b. 1983 in Bucharest, Romania, is now based in Leipzig. She studied painting with Neo Rauch and Heribert C. Ottersbach at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and the National College of Art in Dublin. During her studies she produced figurative paintings imbued with great interiority and sometimes a mystical atmosphere. Her Fulbright scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 brought about a turning-point in her artistic approach as her pictures became more abstract and intuitive through her exploration of American Expressionism.

Schumacher experiments with various techniques, using paper as an autonomous means of expression, collages, frottages, randomly formed shapes and traces of colour. In addition to testing the possibilities and limitations of painting, the artist finds inspiration for her serial works in the natural principle of repetition and variation – the discovery of individuality through repetition.

For her 2016 works Persistent Wallflower and Right, Wrong or Ready, the artist used image editing software to create abstract compositions, which she then projected onto a screen. Spontaneous, direct artistic expression is interrupted here by the screen projection, foregrounding instead a creative process that often takes visible form in superimposition, leaving traces of materials used and apparent flaws such as splattered and dripped paint on her works.

The Goethe-Institut China in association with the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony have invited Maria Schumacher to take part in a three-month fine arts residency in Beijing.