Ms Stefanie Hauger is the winner of the 2013 UOB Southeast Asian and Singapore Painting of the Year Awards. Her love for the arts began at an early age as she accompanied her parents to art exhibitions and museums. Her mother is an artist and photographer and her father was an avid collector of art and antiques.
Ms Hauger became a full time artist in 2011 and has since shown her sculptures and paintings at several exhibitions in Singapore.
The UOB Painting of the Year team caught up with Ms Hauger in her art studio to find out more about her passion and vision as an artist.
A: Creation and curiosity motivate me. It is the thrill of making something that has not been done before and discovering what I can do within the realm of art. It was the same when I was a designer. I was always looking to break molds and to do something fresh and new. I never wanted to be a traditional painter.
A: They evolve organically. I am constantly thinking of new ways to manipulate the paint, or the medium with which I work. I spend a lot of time studying other artists and what they have done. I look at their work and I ask myself how can I do that differently? How can I push the boundaries?
A: What motivated me as a designer has definitely influenced my vision in arts. As a designer, I am drawn to things which are simple and which exhibit a timeless quality. Similarly as an artist, I want to create artworks that convey balance and purity.
My brain works spatially. I think in three dimensions. When I am creating a work of art, I create it in situ. I always think of the home where the art piece would be displayed and imagine how it would fit in. This is the reason why I work with large canvases because I see them in contemporary homes with brave and bold owners.
A: My mother lived in a small town in Germany where she had a captive audience. The local scene in terms of contemporary art is still evolving, so I think it is harder to be understood as a contemporary artist in Singapore.
A: Winning the awards has changed the way that I work as an artist. The awards are a massive validation of my art. They have given me the confidence and the courage to be bold and creative in my artworks.
Winning took me from being a little-known artist to a recognised name within the local art community. It has given me access to people that I did not have access to before. It has also enabled me to approach galleries on a totally different platform. I am starting to work with a gallery in Sydney and another one here in Singapore.
People stop and take notice of my works now because of the awards. The whole UOB Painting of the Year experience has been absolutely amazing!