Stefan Thiel’s interest in paper cut-outs is inspired by the complexity of this artistic device as well as its potential in such fields as performance, drawing, photography and decoration. The sources of his images are his own photographs as well as existing film material. The subject matter of the drawings and cut-outs draws largely on the artist's multifaceted repertoire of motifs. The drawings are closely related to the paper cut-outs. Since they show the back of the silhouettes before they have been cut, Thiel considers them a preparatory stage. By drawing on black paper, he deliberately restricts his potential palette inasmuch as the choice of colour depends on its ability to assert itself against a black ground. In his own words, "This formal aspect follows the idea of composing a space of light in a black plane. Being in colour, the drawings stand in contrast to the black surfaces of the paper cut-outs that I’ve been making almost exclusively for the past 10 years." —Oliver Zybok
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