Paula Dünner is a warm woman with a lively energy, which you can quickly relate to her work, “I'm not good at talking about my art” was her only warning as I got into her car on the way to her workshop. It looked like it was going to rain, and we leave the road behind for a couple of winding turns to find a small green paradise within the gray Santiago, adopted mixed breed dogs playing to their hearts' content in that green vastness under the clouds about to explode were the entrance postcard. “The house was designed by my dad”, she tells me as she walks past, and the large windows light up everything, including one of her works.

Paula Dünner. Nuevas células #1

A circular staircase takes us to the attic that is her library, workshop, piece, and art warehouse. From there she shares her life with brushes, canvases, pencils, books, cats, figurines and plants, the latter providing textures and many colors to the space, while thousands of details appear and tell stories just by seeing them. It is a silent workshop from where you can see the snowy Andes Mountain range, the treetops, and the sky. In the center, two tables that are wide and well lit, works in progress, packaged works, full pencils, shapes made of fabrics and stuffed, pins... “magic happens here”, I'm thinking to myself when she tells me that she also did engraving for a long time through etchings, serigraphs, and lithographs and the conversation begins.

Paula grew up among artists and architects and as a true reflection of her biography, she always knew what she would dedicate her life to. She studied art at the Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the most prestigious in the country, and from there she immersed herself in endlessly arduous and pleasurable work, carving out a fantastic and personal universe from the world of biology, but emancipated from it, which it opens and branches from simple, curved and sinuous shapes to complex scenarios.

Paula Dünner. Nuevas células #3
It all started once she finished university, her first artworks were of a geometric abstract nature. Cubes and cones were transformed into more organic elements, rounding and curving. This transformation that occurred naturally, without being sought, was capturing all her attention, and led her to relate it to scientific, botanical, and biological images. Soon she was fascinated by photographs and illustrations seen through microscopes and decided, in a still exploratory effort, to transfer them to canvas and paint about these marine beings, cell shapes and molecules found on paper. In the middle of this exercise, something of her own began to take shape and gain its own will, the lines freed themselves from the edge, leaving behind the representations found in magazines and illustrations by others, and shapes from her own personal universe began to appear. Paula found that empty space where to propose her vision, fantastic spaces appeared, unprecedented shapes and a world of exquisite color that would become her own Pantone.
"I like color to compose beautiful spaces, my process is very playful, I don't have a method like a plan, chance, control and accident join a very specific rigor, because I like the meticulousness in the quality, the details, I am patient and obsessive” Paula Dünner.
Paula Dünner. Cultivos #4

Regarding the 2019 exhibition “El mundo de las formas” held in the art gallery of the university where she studied, the visual artist Cristian Silva describes the world of the author with the following words: "Without a doubt, it is about a playful space, a secret alphabet of echoes, vibrations and resonances, of bubbles, wefts, nets and membranes, of digestive, nervous and respiratory systems (which sustain each other from the painting): a sweet potpourri of archipelagos, reefs, wild fruits. As if it were a tangle of necklaces, earrings and bracelets stored in a jewelry box, or a large plate of psychedelic noodles, the vast majority of her compositions have no beginning or end, but rather are an endless continuum, generally winding.”

A living work advances unpredictably

Paula Dünner's work is alive and unpredictable, it opens and extends into two great possibilities: Flat and Volumetric works. The first linked to abstract art, with flat colors avoiding the realism given by light and volume. The volumetrics, on the other hand, generate spatial sensations, whether real or simulated, in this case through the use of fabric.

The first volumetric experimentations were through the relief in cut wood with different pictorial treatments, later with three-dimensional sculptures that abandon the rigidity of the wall and advance to meet the viewer sharing the same space, they are fabric materials joined by stitches, woven, filled with soft materials. The color remains central, and the shapes emphasize the alive. The rigor of the work with which they are made amazes and the details make the work intimate.
Paula Dünner. Nuevas células #2

The works belonging to “Cultivos” (2014) that we present in Arte Original are oils on canvas. In addition to abstraction, color plays a fundamental role on them, by enriching all the possible relationships between these elements and through it the compositions acquire greater complexity and interest, forming a “psychedelic” visual explosion.

In “Nuevas Células” (2010), the quality of the painting and the meticulous handling of drawing and composition are amazing. Through small brushstrokes, she creates atmospheres, environments full of details in which abstraction and shapes are the protagonists, achieving results that represent the personal way that the artist looks at nature.

As possible influences in art we can mention Juan Miró, Hans Arp, Isamu Noguchi, as well as her interest in the work of Ernst Haeckel, with his observations of the shape in nature.
Paula Dünner. Cultivos #3
Differentiating the work from what is the life of the artist would be nonsense, as would it be to try to end up fully understanding where the development of her work arises and how far it can expand. In that constant, obsessive and rigorous searching that the artist doesn’t abandon and in that state of mantric concentration that she referred to me a couple of weeks ago, beauty appears enveloping possible thoughts and what we have in front of us is balance and harmony that leads to a sensation of well-being and enjoyment, to wanting to be immersed in that world, to an internal explosion and all this from a molecule.

Written by Beatriz Palma Astroza,

 Arte Original.

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