All becomes form, enters into my drawings and paintings: animals, nature, fashion, films, books, news, also feelings, music, images from childhood up to now, without restrictions. - Gabrielle Graessle, 2022
Gabrielle Graessle - piff paff puff
Gabrielle Graessle unites the most diverse motifs of our time in her oeuvre. She finds her inspiration in a pack of cards, during flea market visits, but also in dealing with current world politics. In some of her works, serious problems are hidden behind the innocent purity of playful representations. Destructive bombings indicated by squeaky colorful planes or political show of force wrapped in an official birthday celebration.
In her artistic practice, Graessle deals with a wide range of themes, some of which have accompanied her since her childhood and repeatedly appear in her works. Such recurring motifs include her own body awareness and the female identity captured in movies or Vogue issues.
In addition to her paintings, this exhibition features several drawings by Graessle. These are not sketches but works in their own right. They allow her to work on certain motifs several times in different compositions. For her drawings, she uses homemade charcoal sticks and paper from a vast trove she had collected over the years from a wide variety of places. The choice of paper, partly checkered or perforated, is additionally incorporated into the composition.