Andrea Peipe is in focus for our Art Watch for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.
Andrea Peipe is drawn to creating a piece of art – like a painting only it will be a photography. One has to understand the possibilities and the degrees of difference between the two mediums. One is crafted entirely using paint and the tools of the artist. Acrylic, oil, whatever is the medium of choice – on a canvas whatever the canvas maybe. Photography involves that which already exists – but is captured through the lens of the artist.
Often what the artist sees and what they capture can be vastly different. Perhaps it will give rise to a new product. But the original idea still does need to be birthed. Peipe’s craft lies in the marriage of the two where she is able to bring together. The aspect of a painter where a scene is imagined and the photographer in her is adept at supplying the subject, the focal point of the image. Her ‘Visual Stories’ all have this aim. Poetic and Romantic, her creations recall a time gone by. almost medieval in their lighting, location, subject and dress. The viewer is invited to enter the world – through fantasy and imagination. Whilst also telling a story, using the visual as a doorway into a larger narrative.
Andrea Peipe lives in Munich, Germany. She speaks about wanting to desperately become a photographer. Open heartedly she shares with the world her journey. From trying to get a job that would help her support herself, to not giving up on her dream. She remembers taking pictures for the longest time. So to earn a living she chose to work in the field of translation – English to Spanish. It was only in 2010 that she gave herself to wholeheartedly pursing the calling of her heart.
She did not receive any formal training and laboriously taught herself the craft, layer by layer. Understanding the medium, the tools and all the aspects of the camera. Though she had been shooting her friends and family for a long time. She took a deep dive into the world of internet tutorials to sharpen her skills, bought books to teach herself.
Why Andrea Peipe?
“I think you generally need the patience to succeed in anything in life.” – says Andrea and her story is an illustration of what she has been doing. And it has been far from easy and successful. It is extremely difficult to create a full fledged career out of one’s hobby. Because there are a certain amount of funds that are required – even if there is a powerhouse of talent backing up.
Some of the scapes that she has created have a spiritual and mythic quality about them. She is unknowingly telling a much bigger story it would seem. Her craft has been therapeutic for her especially after the loss of her mother. She had to work out her feelings and find a way back to going what she loved to do. To take pictures and make a living through that – creating meaningful images for people to look at.
There is bravery in Andrea Piepe. And a huge amounts of conviction in her own ideas and her vision. This is the fuel that keeps her going.
“You have to get yourself out there, you have to show your art and live with the feedback – the good and the bad – and stand by your art. I believe that you will not be able to grow if you don’t do that.”
It is hard for an artist to put themselves and their works out there – and many don’t survive the voyeurism but there are those who grow by it and Andrea is one of them. She has participated in few chosen fairs and exhibits her works in Munich.
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