Your thoughts become your world
29 March - 7 April 2020
Based in Berlin, Sylvia Schwenk is a German-Australian artist who creates artworks which explore new perspectives of the everyday and the familiar.
Through her latest series ‘your thoughts become your world’ Schwenk utilises the alchemical nature of watercolour and acrylic paints to create and conjure an intimate series of abstract paintings. Melding and blending two highly symbolic colours, Schwenk has created a series of works which act as a visual metaphor for a world with a brighter and more hopeful future. For the artist, the very act of creating these works was a calming and meditative way in which to spend time imagining a fairer world. In this way Schwenk embraces the magic and transformative qualities of art making, to create  a series of elegant and refined paintings, which can be appreciated simply for their formal and aesthetic qualities, or instead as a reminder of the power of our thoughts to create positive change.

Melding. Blending. Revealing.
Experience Sylvia Schwenk.

‘Your thoughts become your world’ is a series of paintings that in an abstract and calming way, explores how our thoughts are able to lead us to create a future we want to live in. This ongoing body of work, is inspired by a quote from the 18th century that was brought to prominence by Margaret Thatcher (who would have thought!):

Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.

Humans seem to have an insatiable need for bad news. We are bombarded by information that can sometimes make us feel powerless, as though we are unable to make a difference. Last year I was overwhelmed by negative outcomes of gender inequality and climate change. I was angry and frustrated. I didn’t want to live like this, so I started researching, seeking ways that I could effect change.

 

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I found that if I want to change the future, I should start by changing what I think, say and do.

Art for me is a way to show the positive aspects of our lives, and a way to highlight or create a world we want to live in. For me, one major change would see a fairer, equal world in which females have the same rights and protections as males.

I created ‘your thoughts become your world’, using subtle tones of typical gender colours – pink for females, blue for males and created a purple watercolour to represent unity and equality. I started exploring with these colours and ideas and came up with an unfinished circle, with a definite starting point to show the beginning of a new path. The circles are all unfinished because our journey is still ongoing. The circles then organically evolved into other shapes and forms, all using the colour language of gender.

The series has been created as a modular work. Each painting works well as an individual piece or the paintings can be arranged and re-arranged as small or large groupings. I want these works to form new combinations, for them to be grouped in new ways, to calmly open new thoughts and influence the dialogue for change.

– Sylvia Schwenk (Artist Statement)

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Artist Biography

Sylvia Schwenk is a multi-disciplinary artist of international standing who performs and exhibits her work in art galleries, international film festivals and spaces in Europe, the USA, Canada, India and Australia. She is the recipient of numerous commissions, awards, grants and scholarships. Her work is held in public and private art collections. Her short films are exhibited and screened internationally. Her works of socially engaged performance art are performed in everyday situations. Her commissions to create works of performance art include: the Royal Australian Navy (to commemorate the 100th anniversary); Art Fairs (Sydney and Melbourne); Art Month projects (lawns of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney); and the European Union (on the German and Dutch border).

Sylvia completed her Doctorate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia. She also studied at the Köln International School of Design and the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. She has completed artist residencies with the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, DE, aadk Blanca, ES, the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, AU, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, AU, HMAS Penguin, Sydney, AU, and albb Saigon, VT.

All prices are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. Information is correct at the time of publication. Prices subject to change without notice.
Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C1

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world F1

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C5

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O2

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O3

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C2

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O6

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C3

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C6

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O5

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world S1

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world F2

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world M1

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O1

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world S2

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C7

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world S3

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world M2

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world O4

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C8

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world S4

2020, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world C4

2020, acrylic on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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Sylvia Schwenk

your thoughts become your world M3

2020, watercolour on paper, 30x40cm
$450
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