Daniela Steinfeld (DE 2002)
Wrapped in gold foil, and set off against a black background, the artist is transformed into a strange, misshapen creature. Kneeling on the floor she is lit only by a round spot, as if on stage or caught in a searchlight. She shakes her head rhythmically – even violently – to the strains of a melancholic love song by the Beatles.
Daniela Steinfeld― Artist
Daniela Steinfeld was born in 1964 and was predominantly influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.