THE SUNDAY GLEANER, OCTOBER 2, 2016 | reflected in the works of this Jamaica-born painter, sculptor, and installation artist.
Matthews von Enger’s art is in the spotlight on the runways of haute couture, a confluence of the Caribbean warmth with the flamboyance of the sashaying statements – a front-row regular in fashion culture, as she describes it.
“I am interested in cultures, peoples, and the human condition,” Matthews von Enger said. “This is why I travel.”
Having lived in more than eight countries, her artistic and creative journey, she said, made her come back to the land of the abundant brew of malted barley and Oktoberfest.
“I began learning German at school in Jamaica, then continued and furthered it in London,” she said. “The positive part of the culture and the inspiration of Europe and the world made Germany my home.”
Matthews von Enger has an eclectic mix of specialisations under her belt. She studied painting, drawing, sculpture, and modern languages.
After graduating, she worked at the Guggenheim Museum in Berlin and several other art institutions in Europe.
But her mind, she said, gravitated towards infusing creativity and artistic nuances in fashion, which eventually led to a collaboration with three of the world’s top fashion houses, as she jet-sets between the fashion capitals of the world, Paris and Milan and Berlin.
In 2010, Matthews von Enger created Haute Couture Invitation