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Inspiration from Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1781-1841, during his lifetime was the most prominent artist in Germany. He is an ancestor. Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s prolific artistic legacy greatly inspires our artwork.

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Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s “Rock Arch”, left is rooted in our “Night Vision”, right. Karl influences our works in many ways, as he was a visionary, light years ahead of his time. In 1992, the Chicago Institute of Art had an Exhibition of Karl’s works. It was the first Exhibition of his works in the United States. The majority of Karl’s artwork was in former East Germany. The wall needed to came down in 1989 in order for his works to travel to the United States.

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Shortly after that time, the Chicago Institute of Art commenced organizing the Exhibition. This is how we learned of our familial relationship with the leading artist, set and furniture designer and architect. All family members in the US, only about 50, were invited to a day filled with lectures, celebrations and the Exhibition. Theodore, all of impressionable six years old, and Linda attended.

When we acquired the historic Moross House in 2016, the oldest brick dwelling in the city of Detroit, we became more aware of historic influences on our works.

As often the case, the family surname was anglicized and the Germanic Schinkel spelling became Shinkle. Despite the tediousness of name changing, we now use Schinkel in honor of our foremost artist ancestor, Karl Frederick Schinkel.

Why Mind Matters

Connectedness begins with one’s mind. It leads, inspires, and challenges one to make a mark, leave a footprint and connect with the world and all that’s in it.
Mind Matters
distills this message visually, thus communicating with viewers.

The diverse elements included in this work include: photographing the Port of Miami globe at the darkest hour of the night, coloration in concert with the Visual Director at Escada (the German women’s luxury brand), compositing in a woman’s face and head - specifically the area where gray matters resides - masterfully creating the work with our hands by sculpting the metal, then printing and painting.

This Mind Matters Metalagram® embodies the soul of our work beckoning one to seize the day in a way that truly matters, not only in one’s mind but also for mankind. Mind Matters has been and will continue to be on a yearlong Solo Exhibition at Escada boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona September 2017 – 2018. If you’re in Arizona or going there experience "Mind Matters" while you can!


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Mind Matters at Work

Mind matters in the creative process. As an artist duo, we create artworks that speak to our souls. These are our innermost thoughts populating our thinking and feelings. We communicate these through our artistic medium.

In our work there are two individuals creating and communicating together. Collectors are curious how one voice can be created from two. Basically, how two can equal one. Here’s a quick explanation: we begin with a discussion of shapes, images, and color that resonate. Then we decide whether we have an image to work with. If yes, we build upon what resonates and decide how best to visually communicate this. Often we have what we need to begin. If no, we make additional raw material. Sometimes we intentionally stage a scene. Other times we head into the field to photograph shapes, both negative and positive, scenes and places. We then use all of our senses to harmonically become one with our work.

“Mind Matters”, recently exhibited at the DiPilla Showhouse, complimented the dress Linda selected for the Showhouse Event. Linda explains her decision to wear this dress as one she made subconsciously. It wasn’t until Linda stood by “Mind Matters” and looked at the image someone snapped, that she understood how deeply her mind matters to their work.

See the adjacent image. You decide if “Mind Matters” and Linda’s dress harmonically telegraphs the duo’s alignment with feelings and the way their minds matter.