Dorothee von Windheim
Dorothee von Windheim (Bad Oeynhausen, DE, 1945)
Dorothee von Windheim is a German artist. She has been studying the phenomena of imprinting and reproducing real objects since the late 1960s. She experimented with overlapping cloths and papers that she had soaked, chlorinated, burned, and cooked with paint and grease. She considered the results to be a projection of her own physical condition into the material. From Hamburg she moved to Florence from 1971 to the end of 1975. During this time, Windheim worked as a fresco restorer at Palazzo Pitti. She received a scholarship from the DAAD from 1971 to 1972. Here, she developed her own artistic using the Strappo process: she replaced facade parts in the Fortezza da Basso, the monument erected by Alessandro de’ Medici. After visiting professorships at the Universities of Essen and Gießen as well as at the International Summer Academy Salzburg, Dorothee von Windheim teaches since 1989 at the Kunsthochschule Kasselal Professor of Old and New Artistic Media.