From Spanish using Google Translate…
The creator behind the famous cow made with hanging clothes spoke with EL COLOMBIANO. A visual tour of some of his works.
Helga Stentzel’s studio is completely white. minimalist. For her, the more boring an environment is, the more space creativity will have. On the corner of a small wooden desk, no more than two meters wide, he turns on the camera on his computer and waves with a British accent. Although she was born in Russia, her family left that country after the fall of the Berlin Wall and moved to Germany when she was 19 years old. She has lived in London for over a decade, where she studied advertising at the University of the Arts London.
On the screen her mouth and her slanted eyes smile without makeup, she wears a black sweater, a sweatshirt, a smart watch with a gold strap. Her blond hair, parted down the middle, falls to her ears. In the back you can see some blue, green, white rolls, is it cardboard where you do your work? He says that they are the “backgrounds” that he uses for his photographs. He raises his camera and to the right appear transparent boxes with spray paint, threads, rings, feathers. Fewer than 20 books rest on a shelf.
Although she surprises and amuses her Instagram account (she has 167,000 followers) due to the curiosity of her works, she is an expert on boredom and everyday life. Her training as a professional observer began at her grandparents’ house in Russia, where there wasn’t much to do on vacation and she would entertain herself by staring at the ceiling and looking for shapes. That ability has now made her the face of a current that she herself has baptized domestic surrealism . We chat with her about her story and the inspiration behind her works.