Dorothee Kreutzfeldt has a strong interest in painting and ‘urbanity – how we understand cities/space within an increasing nation conscious/globalised economy, mobility and imagination’. Most of her work has developed in direct relation to the context of Johannesburg – and South Africa.
Dorothee Kreutzfeldt was born in Namibia in 1970 and moved with her family to Germany in 1982 when political unrest in the country intensified. She completed Abitur in Hamburg in 1990 and returned to Namibia in 1992 where she enrolled at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1993. Kreutzfeldt completed her undergraduate studies in 1996 (painting) and worked in Cape town for 4 years as artist and lecturer, freelancing in the film-industry and public art initiatives. She been based in Johannesburg since 2000 and wants to stay till 2010. Kreutzfeldt completed her MA in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004.
Of Kreutzfelt’s art, Sue Williamson has written: ‘Plugging into a universal unconscious, the artist works with images that are already there, that exist on a page in a magazine or newspaper, that already have a history. Kreutzveldt does not attempt to ‘express’, but sees her function as one of extrication, or laying bare, of setting up a drama – a drama which questions land, space, relationships and the relevance of [artmaking].’