Natalie Tekampe is a studied sculptor and visual artist who draws her inspiration mainly from the rich qualities of nature itself. Born and based in Bavaria, Germany, she dedicates herself both to free projects and commissioned artwork such as designing sets or even coins for state-run mints. Natalie doesn’t see her medium as something to dominate or conquer, but prefers to engage in a dialogue with her materials.
Much of Natalie’s sculptural work explores the limits of categorical thinking, such as the line between man and woman, or between animal and human. Her work dissolves these boundaries, communicating respect for nature and all its creatures and encouraging a return to our inherent instincts.
This was a good fit for Karmanoia’s artistic vision. As a savvy craftswoman and inspiring personality, Natalie was the top pick to contribute sculptural elements to the Meta Maze. Her readiness to experiment with new techniques along with her extensive experience with varied materials such as concrete, clay, plaster, and wood helped the installation take on its very own shape and atmosphere.
Joining a large team of painters, musicians, designers, builders, and architects to work on something bigger than themselves, Natalie found in the Meta Maze what she deemed the ideal place of artistic collaboration. “It was all about the big picture – not about leaving one’s own fingerprint,” she recalls. “All these people’s work became one coherent ensemble.”
At all times could one find Natalie casting faces, carving surfaces, and painting textures, a permanent smile on her face. During your visit to the Meta Maze, you will find her artistic signature in most of the plasterwork along walls, portals, and throughout several sculpted elements.
“Under Karmanoia’s artistic direction we were given clear ideas as a guideline, but the Meta Maze project always left us enough leeway to come up with our own solutions. I am so grateful for the courage of this immense project and for all our collaboration!”