One of the many advantages to Paducah being a UNESCO creative city of Crafts and Folk Art is the opportunity it allows for Paducah artists and residents to engage with creative people from all over the world.
One way the organization does this is through the Artist in Residence program that they host throughout the year. This month, through June 27, PAA welcomes Austrian sculptor and mixed media artist, Gabriela Nepo-Stieldorf. The artist creates sculptures and installments using ceramic, bronze, Plexiglas and stone. Much of her work incorporates intriguing figures, structures, textures and colors. Viewers may notice an emphasis on human anatomy represented in Gabriela’s work in various creative ways. She has a keen interest in the beauty and interest of the human form.Art is one way for Gabriela to express herself. It’s a medium that feels very natural and relevant to her life. Not only is she a fine artist, but she also teaches art. While in Paducah she will lead workshops for youth and adults. She will also present a talk to the students at the Paducah School of Art & Design.
“Gabriela Nepo-Steildorf can in no way be placed in the mainstream of the art world. Her work is individualistic,” Hilde Zach, former Mayor of the Provincial Capital Innsbruck says. “But all of her work has one thing in common…it casts a spell upon the spectator and is fascinating in its highly skilled technique.”