Saskia is a contemporary mixed media artist with focusing on relief sculpture and figurative painting.
Her practice delves in visual explorations of human emotions, their multiplicity, expressions, origins and consequences. They are interpreted through the shapes and lines of the human form resulting in primarily monochromatic semi-abstract figurative arrangements. The "im-perfections" and organic formations of the natural stone she uses in her work, often impel her to investigate their potential for beauty and narrative thus fuelling her artistic curiosity and the need to explore the unknown.
The relief sculpture/mosaic technique allows her to investigate the complexity and nuances of textured surfaces and experiment with a multitude of shapes and configurations in a contemporary manner through piecing together; combining/adding form, dimension, depth, pattern, light and shadow.
In her figurative paintings, Saskia’s interest is in the relationship between colour and shape and the interstices (the empty spaces) which together can portray the human shape in so many different way.
A life time interest in art, especially marble and stone sculpture originating in the ancient era of the Mediterranean (Cycladic and Etruscan), the pre-Columbian Americas as well as the 20th century modernism has had influence on her 2D and 3D relief sculpture and painting.
Originally from Slovakia (Bratislava), Saskia has lived in Australia for more than 20 years and commenced practicing art in 2014 from her studio located in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Most of the sandstone used in her artworks is also sourced from this area. Saskia is currently completing a Master of Art at COFA at UNSW. She is also a casual mosaic teacher at the Hughes Studio in Woodford. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and collected both in Australia and Europe. In 2017, she was awarded 3rd prize in the Royal Easter Show for her “Memory Metamorphosis” piece and was highly commended for “Terra” triptych at the National Exhibition of Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ).
Master of Art, University of NSW (COFA), Sydney, current
Bachelor of Comm (Hons), University of Technology, Sydney, 2007
Bachelor of Comm (Cultural Studies), University of Technology, Sydney, 2006
Dr David Briggs, ‘Oil Painting with Colour and Light, National Art School, Sydney, 2017
Clara Hali, "Masterclass", 2018
Marian Shapiro, "Mosaic Class", 2017
Caitlin Hughes, "Critique Class", 2017
Helen Bodycomb, "Contemporary Interpretation of Classical Mosaics", 2017
Toyoharu Kii, "Mosaics in White", 2017
Kelley Knickerbocker, "Give Me Room!", 2017
Rachel Bremner, "Andamento as Expression", 2017
Rachel Bremner, "Andamento as Expression", 2016
Caitlin Hughes, "Smalti Mosaics", 2016
Caitlin Hughes, "Creating Handmade Mosaic Pieces", 2016
Margo Anton, "Jewellery Precision Workshop", 2015
Margo Anton, "Building Better Backgrounds", 2015
Emma Biggs, "Colour Design & Mosaic Critique", 2015
Suzane Spahi, "The Mosaika Method", 2015
Marian Shapiro, "Bending and Undulation - Creating 3D Substrate", 2015
Marian Shapiro, "Smalti Mosaics", 2015
Marian Shapiro - several mosaic workshops at Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre, 2015-2017
Hughes Studio (www.hughesstudio.com.au), Woodford NSW, 2018
Professional Memberships and Links
NAVA - National Association for the Visual Arts https://visualarts.net.au
MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art www.mca.com.au
AGNSW - Art Gallery of NSW www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
BMAN - Blue Mountains Artists Network www.bman.org.au
MTNS MADE - www.mtnsmade.com.au/listing/saskia-kremer/
MAANZ - Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand www.maanz.org
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