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Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS & ED­U­CA­TION -

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.

IN­SPI­RA­TION

“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

Alexan­dra Berninger

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