Born in Germany, Steffi Callaghan creates richly layered paintings in response to environmental issues. Although seemingly abstract, her works reveal hints of their original inspiration such as satellite imagery, geology or flooded cities. Steffi is starting an MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins in September.
Steffi Callaghan is interested in how data and information can reveal patterns depending on how it is perceived and interpreted. This is reflected in how she structures her paintings. Steffi Callaghan’s technique of creating surface interest through hundreds (sometimes thousands) of individually placed pieces of acrylic paint means that patterns become apparent at a distance, yet are obscured close up.
Many of her recent works have been based on satellite imagery and first hand accounts of forest fires and land clearance (Camp Fire, California, Rondônia, September is Coming Soon) or the impact of rising seas and the pressure on our oceans (Meltwater, Vanishing World, Edge Land, Reef, Territorial Waters).
Working from her studio in Kingston Upon Thames, Steffi will be continuing her interest in oceanography as part of her MA course by investigating rogue waves and how these once mythological terrors are now becoming a more frequent reality due to climate change.
University of Manchester
Goldsmiths, University of London
Kingston Upon Thames