The winner of this year's award is the Dusseldorf artist and art academy graduate Dora Celentano. She impressed the jury with her stringent approach, her painterly play with lightness and depth, as well as the topicality of her work.
Dora about her award winning work:
The oil painting „Ich hasse Dich, verlass mich nicht“ which means „I hate you, don’t leave me“ is the starting point of a newer series based on overpainted pictures of my work. It’s also a continuation of the series „& Other Things“ where I worked with silk scarves patterns. At first glance it has an abstract quality, but when you look closer you’ll find overlapping layouts of silk scarves. Over the mostly purple background a white, restless surface is painted that circumscribes a watch-pattern with chains and belts through it’s negative spaces. These negative spaces create windows that make the background more visible in fragments. As a result, when looking at the piece, the view always switches back and forth between the background and the foreground and it becomes diffcult to form a focus. I have always been fascinated with magazines and photography that creates wanting in the viewer, and replicated this practice in paintings. Ultimately, this artwork serves as an amalgamation of our complex world, which is rife with color, the intangible, luxury, and aspiration. At the same time the piece has something ghostly, broken and distorted.