Heikedine Günther is an abstract, intercultural painter who lives and works in Basel and Stalden since 2009. Her artistic leitmotif is the „core“ and she spend the last years developing paintings and monotypes dedicated to this motif in her remote studio in the Swiss mountains.
Heikedine Günther is born in 1966 in rural East Westphalia. In 1982 she meets Joseph Beuys and takes part in his project of the „7000 Oaks“ on the occasion of documenta 7 in Kassel. The encounter with Beuys is a key experience, which radically opens Günthers approach to art. She is fascinated by his handling of natural materials, like fat, felt and hair. She then studies art in New York, followed by studies with Werner Büttner and Franz Erhart Walter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and with Martin Kippenberger in Kassel.
After working as a figurative artist, she paints her first abstract „core“ in 2004. This proves to be another key moment. From then on, she dedicates her entire artistic work to the potential of the core. The titles of the core images consist in consequence of the consecutive catalog numbers.