Up to now, drawings serve artists as the most effective medium to reflect their ideas. In the works of Wanda Stang, hand drawing particuraly functions as an important medium, used to capture her thoughts and visions. The experimental character of drawing allows her to diversify between different levels of sensation, exploration and invention.
Since 2010, Wanda Stang has created works which are inspired by the literary classic “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne, forming the core of her multilayered oeuvre of drawings, performances, objects and installations. Verne’s belief in progress, his visionary ideas and the essence of Romanticism have exerted a strong impression on the artist. This series of artworks is primarily based on illustration and an artistic examination influenced by nature. Through her original style of working, Stang succeeds in build a connection with almost all cultures of the world.
Besides her surreal paintings, which are shaped by her encounters with young cosmopolitan people from the four corners of the globe, her Gesamtkunstwerk called “Wanderlust” represents a new approach. Her works, as well as being created on paper or canvas, are now being developed into three-dimensional paper works in-situ. The fusion of dreams with reality allows for the possibility for surreal space to become ambiguous and unique. While Stang develops an imaginative world based on the descriptions of journeys by people whom she met personally, she also uses handmade clothing to stimulate a new patterns of thinking and design. Visitors to the exhibition will be part of her site-specific installation. On one hand they can wander through the thoughts and experiences of the artist and her protagonists, and on the other hand, with the aerodynamic object called “Skyward Balloon”, they also can find their associations with which they can relate to this created piece.
Wanda Stang is currently a Meisterschüler of Prof. Tristan Pranyko at the University of Art Berlin-Weißensee, where she graduated from classes of painting, textiles and surface design. Before that she completed her studies in Painting and Pedagogy for Waldorf schools as well as the studies of Fine Arts in Baden Württemberg. From 2006 to 2007 she was involved in the restoration work for the re-opening of the New Museum in Berlin. In 2011 her path led her to London, where she was involved in preparing the Paris Fashion Show for Alexander McQueen. Back in Berlin, she participated in solo and group exhibitions and now dedicates herself to the production of her first major solo show.
(Text by Nicole Loeser)