Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Valley girl

Published on
October 9, 2021
austrian female contemporary artist anna stemmer dworak, child like drawings and illustrations from the austrian mountains.
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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

WHO IS ANNA STEMMER-DWORAK?

Anna Stemmer-Dworak is a contemporary artist who studied art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. 

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LAUTER GESCHENKE | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM

 When Anna finished her studies at the „Angewandte“ she moved from Vienna and made her home once more in the Valley surrounded by mountains where she grew up. 

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

Her art a very big part of her, she puts great effort into staying connected with the artist within her, taking time for her passion on a daily basis.

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BLICK GEGEN BREITHORN | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM

 Illustrator, sharer of her world, here you get a peak of the wonderful and magical world that surrounds her. This she shares with us in her work.

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak at work in her studio | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

I asked Anna a couple of questions and this is what she told me:

When did you realize that you are an artist?

I can't remember one situation, I guess I just never doubted it.

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DER ZWETSCHGENBAUM VOR DEM FENSTER | ANNA STEMMER-DWORAK | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM

Who are your favorite artists?

I always loved the drawings of Marcel Dzama or Kiki Smith and some childhood illustrators, like Maurice Sendak, Alois Carigiet or Beatrix Potter, because they still can touch my heart from far away. 

But I mostly take my inspiration from explorers and collectors of any kind and any decade. 

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

Where do you work?

I like the solitude of my beloved studio although at the moment I often have to share it with my children.

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WINTERSZENE | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM

Walk us through your creative process

I draw on a daily basis. In the mornings, when the two bigger ones are gone and the baby is still sleeping, this is my time for drawing. 

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

I love to collect, wether it is situations I observe or it is stories out of books and shoeboxes full of photographs and postcards.

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CURIOSITY | ANNA STEMMER-DWORAK | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM

Did the environment you grew up in influence your work?

I grew up in the "großen Walsertal", thats a small and steep valley in the Austrian mountains. 

Together with some other enthusiastic families, my parents tried to live in a commune for some years. 

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

It could be that my longing for solitude comes from that experience.

My father did woodcarving and my mother is a studied engraver and painter.

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ALWAYS THESE MORNINGS | 2019 | DRAWING ON PAPER | 14.8CM X 21CM
What I found out during my study of photography at the Universtity of Applied Arts in Vienna, is that I never want to become a photographer. 

The camera in between the ideas and the outcome was always in my way. 

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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

My work has to flow directly out of my head through my hands onto the paper. 

At that time, artists who were only drawing, caught my attention. 

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When i moved back to the mountains I realized that this media is the most honest for me.

A day without drawing leaves me uncomfortable.
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Anna Stemmer-Dworak | Photo credit: Magdalena Türtscher

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A big thank you to Anna for sharing her story and art with us!

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