Statement from Dr. Julia Nolte »True Love«

True Love

When Sigrid Nolte Schefold paints she paints a river of colors, stream of lines and shapes. Layers over layers. What turns out is a vivid image of her spirit – dynamic and diverse. It is because of this diversity that her paintings can hardly be defined. One thing all of Sigrid Nolte Schefold’s paintings share, though, is their overdimensional size and the flow of the paint brush that bore them.

Sigrid Nolte Schefold herself has a quite unconventional standpoint regarding the composition of art. “You can start your painting out one way, then turn it around and finally finish it standing upside down”, she says. It becomes clear that her paintings must belong to the category “abstract”, where objects and human faces turn into non-realistic images. Many of them can also be considered “concrete”, meaning, that only concrete dimension lies in the painting; it has no equivalent in the real world of images. Sigrid Nolte Schefold’s paintings live by colors rather than motives. And her favorite color is red …

Observing Sigrid Nolte Schefold paint is both wonderful and frightening. Wonderful because she throws away her lawyer’s clothes and puts on white overalls sprinkled with colors. Wonderful because she works with unhindered determination and shiny eyes. It is when inspiration does not tell her where to move the paint brush that watching Sigrid Nolte Schefold paint becomes frightening. She gets hectic. Desperate about the objective to improve but not to destroy.

Painting is walking on the ridge. Trusting yourself to mix the right color, chose the right paint brush. Make the right move. Only there is no “right” in creativity and that makes it even harder. It’s not about choosing a color that would match the living room couch. It’s about painting what you like. And painting what you not like. It’s about letting it all out. It’s “True Love” when Sigrid Nolte Schefold paints.

Dr. Julia Nolte