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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overlay, wrap, cover, darken, mask


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


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


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


disappear, immerse, connect, dissolve, turbulent


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


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


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


burdened, entangled, unprocessed, ambivalent, restricted


relaxed, open, free, uninhibited, at ease


(Japanese) the beauty, the harmony of the peace


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


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


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


thoughtful, meditative, brooding, pondering, pondering


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


close to the earth, natural, original, unadulterated


seductive, delightful, flirtatious, curly, alluring


thirsty, eager, lustful


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


illuminated, visible, luminous, into the light


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


disciplined, reined in, secured, tamed


develop, train, raise, arise


merger, integration, context


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


complication, handicap, difficulty, inhibition, hindrance, problem


literally standing against the wall


relationship, touch, togetherness, bond, union, friendship


flowing, steady, development, ongoing, harmony, harmony


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”.