Gisela - Heidi Strunck
Looking and learning, especially while traveling, have always influenced me in the conception of my sculptures.
Many recent sculptures were inspired by my travels to India. Most of their shapes were taken from architectural and ornamental elements I saw there. Often I repeat identical forms and symmetrical configurations. Simple forms like spheres, cubes or triangles connect the work to many cultures that have influenced me in the past.
Because of brain surgery in 2003 I lost my eyesight as well as my sense of smell and taste. My life and my art had to change substantially. Fortunately I can rely on my husband for assistance.
The energies I spend to conceive and build my sculptures fulfill inner needs and give me joy (and hardships) and tranquility. In my sculptures, stronger contrasts and tactile qualities of materials such as copper, metallic floss, and various woods have become more important.
The search for a path through my life provided the theme for my sculptures since that time. Recently I have begun to use kite-inspired images as my metaphors.
I hope that through their rich materials and colors and through their careful finish I am conveying my love of art.
Born: Deggendorf, Germany, 1945.
Studied: Madrid, Florence, Athens, Oslo, 1962-1966.
Showed paintings in Spain and Argentina, 1967-1969.
Worked with ceramics at the University of Dallas, 1970-1972.
Worked with sculpture since 1972.
Traveled throughout Europe, Morocco, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Caribbean Islands.
Study trips to India, 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000.
Study trip to Nepal, 1997.
Presented sculptures in 30 Solo-Exhibitions, 14 Two-Person Exhibitions, and 195 Group Exhibitions in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Capital One Bank, Southlake, TX
Austin College, Sherman, TX, 1975.
Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, 1980.
The Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX, 1980.
Fiber Artists of Dallas, Irving, TX, 1981.
North Lake College, Irving, TX, 1983.
Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, TX, 1985.
East Texas State University, Commerce, TX, 1986.
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1989.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, 1994.
Collin County Community College, Plano, TX, 1995.
The Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK, 1996.
University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX, 1996.
Spring Creek Gallery, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX, 2000.
Weil Gallery, TAMU-CC, Corpus Christi, TX, 2002.
Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX, 2003.
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX, 2009.
Gisela - Heidi
P.O. Box 92685, Southlake, TX 76092,