Sticks and stones, 2019
Sticks and Stones is an arresting work, both with its bright, bold hues and with the perspective of Stef’s process. A whole picture is buried beneath the pixels that leap from the canvas; tiny parts of the past peek through the hundreds of layers of thick brushstrokes. The painting is a battlefield – a back and forth between giving up control and winning it back.
Stefanie Thiele sees her paintings as a difficult-to-describe mix of euphoric "what if's" and melancholic “could-have-been's” translated into busy, colorful compositions that are seemingly unable to find a clear focus.