After studying art, music and religion at the universities of Cologne, Hagen and Aachen in Germany Gertrud Matysik worked as teacher in public schools in different cities until her retirement.
Allthough she felt an intensive emotional relationship to the nature in general before the beginning of her academic years she developed during her daily work as teacher for art and music a new and very impressive view of the nature especially of the flora from the artistic perspective.
In her photographs Gertrud Matysik captures the beauty and uniqueness but also the transitoriness of nature and flora over and over again in new and never before seen perspectives. Thereby she perfers photo shots out in the open - often with the focus on details, presented later on oversized photographs - playing with the colors, light, shade and focus and even often suprising the viewer with unexpected views and perspectives. But it’s not only her artistic intention to enjoy the viewer with the beauty for example of a single flower being in full bloom – seeming without an end in itself - or to show the viewer the uniqueness, vulnerability and transitoriness of our flora and nature. Every part of the nature and our world has its important function in the interactive relationship of our universe – and not only human kind as we often think.
Besides this Gertrud Matysik wants the viewer to become aware of the power and strength of our nature to activate our self-healing forces and to get and to maintain our inner balance and mental health. In last consequence if we are going on to neglect these fundamental connections between nature, human kind and universe and if we are going on to destroy our nature we will kill ourselves.
Still living in a time where wide ranges of the human society are still focused on economic growth and money-grubbing mentality with uninhibited expansion of worldwide trading markets and thoughtless exploitation of human and natural ressources Gertrud Matysik’s artwork is all the more of current interest.
In the nineties after her husband`s death Gertrud Matysik returned to her passion “photography & nature” and brought her artwork before the public with exhibitions at locations with artistic importance like Berlin 1996, Düsseldorf Messe 1997, Hamburg Messe 1997, Munich 1996, Cologne 1994 and Bologna 1995.
In the world wide web her artwork is presented togetheter with the artwork of her sons Bertram Matysik and Dr. Gerd Matysik at the domain www.artmatysik.org.
But there are also portfolios of her art work shown at other artistic platforms like www.absolutearts.com.
So in 2006 there was a featuring of her art work and her premiere portfolio in the newsletter of the world wide active artistic platform www.absolutearts.com reaching over 100.000 people interested in art in the United States and all over the world within 3 days.
Considering the increasing daily positive feedback in regard to her photo art from all over the world but especially from the United States and the growing amount of people sharing her matter of international concern Gertrud Matysik can now see in society and even in politics a world wide beginning recall to both the wordless but not powerless demands of our nature and the accepted values in the society in general.
Being part in this process is enough reward to her artistic work.
Until now the beauty of the flora holds a great fascination for her and her first choice to express her emotional interaction with the wonderful but so vulnerable nature is her artistic work by photo art.
Her photography was also shown on television in germany in the nieneties and published in print media e.g. Chicago, USA.
Artist Gertrud Matysik in Mami 2008.