Marina Lörwald The artist Marina Lörwald was born in Duisburg. After graduating in Visual Communication/ Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, she worked as an art director for a major advertising agency, where she looked after national and international brands in both the print and TV sectors and received a number of prestigious awards. (Toulouse-Lautrec Medal in Gold, Finalist Award - London International Advertising Award, Finalist Award - International Advertising Festival Of New York, Effies - Awards for Efficient Advertising). She deepened her knowledge of painting at the IBKK Bochum, where she graduated from Prof. Sonnewend's master class. Marina Lörwald works as an independent artist and lecturer. She gives classes at the adult education centre in Mönchengladbach, in Kaarst and in Korschenbroich . Since 2017, she has been in charge of the art groups to prisoners at the correctional facilities in Mönchengladbach and Willich-Anrath. The artist has shown her work in national and international exhibitions. She is a member of c/o Mönchengladbach and in the BBK (The Professional Association of Visual Artists) Structure of the traces Everything we do and everything that happens leaves traces. And it influences what follows: both physically and mentally. Nothing is exempt from this - life, togetherness, nature, the world, the universe ... Everything can be traced. Everything can be covered up and uncovered again - nothing remains as it is. With the means of multiple overpainting with oil paints and oil pastels, partly on specially prepared surfaces, I explore the possibilities of the permanent trace. I am attracted by the visible and physical experience - the direct observation during the process. In multiple work processes and layers of colour, I trace the changes and make the traces visible. These structures, in turn, change, blur, intensify, dig in, bear witness and arouse curiosity. The layering of the colour applications creates a relief-like testimony of the meditative creative process.