Gaella Gottwald Art & Jewelry
The painter, Gaella Gottwald was born in 1975 in Montreal of Croatian descent. She has lived in 13 cities in more than 7 different countries. She has a degree in History of Art and Architecture from Brown University, and received her design degree from the European Institute of Design in Milan, Italy has studied at the Applied Arts Academy of Prague, illustration and painting, film at the FAMU and print making in Venice, Italy. She has worked in a variety of institutions from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy. She has been freelancing the past 5 years and works as a set designer, muralist, illustrator and graphic novelist. . She has opened a gallery (laborARTorio) on the island of Korcula where she produces site-specific work about the island (paintings, prints, collages, books, postcards, jewelry and one of a kind t shirts). The laborARTorio is her space for experimentation and workshop where she teaches her various techniques. Currently she has become the director of the Croatian Association of Artists and is working with 1500 artist members within a magnificent round historical building in Zagreb. Another aspect of her work is tied to travel. Every year she spends a period of time in a different country and creates collaborations with local people and work based on the experience. Latest such work is her beautiful jewelry collection, made with resin and shell and done in collaboration with local craftspeople of Indonesia. She is a firm believer that art should promote social and ecological awareness as well as cultural heritage.
Inspirations are life, travel,nature
- joan miro(everytime I see his work I am moved) ,
- niki de saint phalle for her tarot garden in capalbio italy and ability to have created a magical space,
- outsider artists,
- actually all art that is honest and timeless and full of color
What would be a dream project for you?
To live in a 100 % recycled mobile environment and be fully self sustainable
Fashion icons in your opinion?
- Fridha Kahlo (boldness and color)
- Charlotte Gainsbourg (For her boyish dressing made very feminine)
- Zhandra Rhodes (extravagance and hair)
- my mother (who created her own fashion mixing modern with ethnic and never followed trends )
- Chloe Sevigny (for making any combination of clothing look interesting)
- issey mijake (for making textile into fine art)
Anything else you d like to share with our audience?
Creativity for me is the key to being adaptable, a good observer, and a means by which to experience places, realities and people of different walks of life. I strive for my work to have an aesthetic value as well as a social one.