Young Artist : Angela Mercedes Donna Otto !
My name is Angela Mercedes Donna Otto. I´m a visual artist, freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Berlin, Germany. After I graduated from my studies of communications and media design in Germany and Austria, I focused on illustration and its relation to storytelling. My thesis “The inversion of the illustration process” was awarded by the German Art Directors Club in 2011 with gold. I managed to develop a quite individual style through my working process and technique, which is based on the psychology of human perception, on so called “apophenia”. That´s a term used by psychologists to describe the pursuit of the human mind to construct meaning, order and forms even from chaotic structures – just like seeing faces in the clouds. First I prepare sheets of paper with splotches of coffee, several kinds of tea or juice to create those patterns. Those form the visual origin from which I use to create my drawings. Subsequently I elaborate my own interpretation of weird looking characters and sceneries my imagination allows me to “detect” in the coincidental blurs. The motifs I find in the visually stimulant material are extracted from the patterns by drawing with colored ink. Though they are carefully worked out in detail my pictures always provide a wide range of interpretation, different approaches and scope for the audience to “see more”.
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