The art of Gudrun Dorsch, an artist from Bavaria, is called “Enigmatic Realism”, it refers to art that conceals, hides, veils, and understands mysteries as part of human existence.

(Enigmatic: incomprehensible, enigmatic, incomprehensible, mysterious, unfathomable)

The paintings and drawings of the artist Gudrun Dorsch show charismatic persons, reduced to ribbons. Physical and psychological human limits inspire her in her work. In her search for the ultimate language, one that transcends words, the artist plays and philosophizes with her picture titles and the resulting perceptions. Without a thorough explanation, her mysterious and usually color-intensive paintings offer much room for interpretation and one‘s own sensations. She does not see her works as just paintings, but rather as communicators of interpersonal relationships and transmitters for self-reflection.

The spiral is of great importance to all cultures. It is a symbol of joie de vivre but also of inner order. Last but not least, our DNA is a double helix and without it, there would be no life. So we are connected to the universe with a ribbon!

When you start a play on words with „ribbon“,

„band“ or „wrap“, there are countless terms, which are very often related to borders, e.g. bound, wrapped, connected, entangle, tamed, unleashed.

A person has many limits. One permanently tries to cover them up, to disguise or to euphemise them. Our own body language is treacherous. Unintentionally, it conveys undisclosed and unspoken information very directly. Visual communication through movement is spiritual, magical and expressive.

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DARKENED

overlay, wrap, cover, darken, mask

HUGGED

wrap around, contain, hold on, besiege, crowd around, constrict

MYTHICAL

mysterious, fabulous, mermaid / water spirit, mermaid / mythical creature

MOORED

noble, loving, contemplative, empathetic, subtle, calm, blissfully drunk, dreamy

TWISTED

disappear, immerse, connect, dissolve, turbulent

POWERFUL

energetic, passionate, luminous, striking, strong, intense, full of energy, powerful

VOLATILE

dissolving, briefly, dwindling, blurred, shy, disappearing, in one go, ephemeral, volatile, inconsistent

INVOLVED

binding, chaining, entangling, integrated, constrained, involved, embedded

FREE

burdened, entangled, unprocessed, ambivalent, restricted

SOLVED

relaxed, open, free, uninhibited, at ease

KAZUMI

(Japanese) the beauty, the harmony of the peace

COLORLESS

stealthy, inconspicuous, inconspicuous, natural, unimportant, unadorned, unattractive, ashen, empty of expression, lifeless, flawless

DILUTED

washed out, softened, watery, soaked through, refreshing, standing in the rain

BROKEN

blown up, hit, break open, awaken, wake open

PENSIVE

thoughtful, meditative, brooding, pondering, pondering

BROKEN

hit, break up, wake up, wake up, open up

GROUNDED

close to the earth, natural, original, unadulterated

TEMPTING

seductive, delightful, flirtatious, curly, alluring

THIRSTY

thirsty, eager, lustful

GLOWING

glowing, burning, fiery red, flaming, glowing, hot-blooded, possessed, passionate

ENLIGHTENING

illuminated, visible, luminous, into the light

DAZZLING

impressive, attractive, captivating, fascinating, deceiving, hypocritical, beguiling, cheating, imposing

CONTROLLED

disciplined, reined in, secured, tamed

DEVELOPMENT

develop, train, raise, arise

ENTANGLEMENT

merger, integration, context

FLAMED

enthusiastic, obsessed, passionate, ardent, fiery, eager, sensual

INVOLVEMENT

complication, handicap, difficulty, inhibition, hindrance, problem

ON THE WALL

literally standing against the wall

CONNECTION

relationship, touch, togetherness, bond, union, friendship

IN THE FLOW

flowing, steady, development, ongoing, harmony, harmony

GUDRUN DORSCH

The artist spent her childhood in Munich. Her mother, an artist herself, discovered her daughter’s versatile talents at an early age and encouraged her to develop them. Excessively, imaginatively and idiosyncratically Gudrun Dorsch turned her manifold ideas into her first works of art and thus, already at a young age, she received commissions for book illustrations and calendars.
Hieronymus Bosch, Salvator Dali, Gottfried Helnwein, H.R. Giger and Tommy Ungerer fascinated the young artist with their symbols and hidden messages. Eager for knowledge, she immersed herself in the unreal worlds of the artists and tried to decipher their messages. Through her training as a graphic designer, the artist got to know further ways of communication and after successful completion she entered into employment. At the same time she worked for various publishing houses, companies and institutions. Despite animal caricatures, poetry books, and design/advertising commissions, her affinity for drawing people remained. She understood the movement of people and their expressions as a language in its own right, and so she continued to study and draw bodies in sometimes bizarre sequences of movement in order to achieve perfection. Visual communication as a nonverbal language, in any form, fascinated her.
Gudrun Dorsch continuously reduced her figures more and more. The obvious was covered, concealed, veiled… the formerly “wrapped up” became more and more “disembodied”, consisting of ribbons, sensual and emotional beings. The internationally represented artist has unmistakably found her own style with her “wrapped figures”.