Abstract Artist: Gitte Steen Andersen
Medium: Acrylic, Mixed Media
Coming from Scandinavia I was brought up with a passion for design -uncluttered simplicity which creates a greater sense of light, combined with clean lines and organic shapes. My work is often very playful and questions the liminal space or ‘the third space’ – the space in between cultures. I have empathy for materials, and involve my viewers by using fabric and other textured materials in my work; fabric which gives associations to domestic life, narratives and reality, countering the excess of information and imagery that has subsumed our everyday lives.
Gitte was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1963. Gitte’s father was a painter and involved Gitte in his work, which means that she has been painting more or less her whole life. In 1999 Gitte moved to New Zealand to start up a new business together with her husband, and after successfully having started Crossware Ltd, Gitte decided to take some time out for herself and started studying Fine Art. Gitte graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Whitecliffe College of Art & Design in Auckland in 2007 and in March 2010 she was awarded a Master of Fine Art (Hons), also from Whitecliffe.