Sigrid Muller b.1962
Jerwood Drawing Prizewinner 2014
Born in Germany in 1962, Sigrid Muller moved to Swansea in 1996. Her exquisite paintings have garnered a large following and her work is in many collections including the National Museum of Wales. Her drawings are made with layer upon layer of very fine pencil crayon on backgrounds of pooled watercolour washes. It is a meticulous process which can take several weeks from the preliminary sketches to the finished painting.
Sigrid says of her work:
When I draw, I try to translate what I see into how it feels to the touch. It is purely emotional, something that resonates, stirs memories, often from my childhood when judgement did not come before objects were thoroughly observed and experienced. The background is as important as the subjects themselves. It provides an imagined space where they can live - suspended, with nothing to hold on to, or existing on seemingly firm ground. I choose intuitively, not searching, but coming upon, being stopped in my tracks by the promise in a closely furled iris bud, the dry rattle of a poppy head, or the soft ripeness of a plum.