"I felt like I was a bit like divided Berlin: I was divided between Scotland and Berlin, and divided between this artistic life and family life"
Margaret Hunter and Peter Russell in the interview
Hunter’s Wall painting “Hands” was a collaboration with the Scottish artist Peter Russell. Hunter chose outstretched hands, repeating a painting, entitled “Berlin 09.11.89”, that she made on the night the Berlin Wall fell. The motif reminded her of the peaceful protests in East Germany that led up to the Fall of the Wall. Russell painted the upper right hand part of the picture with geometrical shapes and connecting the marks with Russell’s painting “Himmel und Sucher” (“Sky and Seeker”).
Margaret Hunter studied at the Glasgow School of Art 1981-85 before enrolling at the West Berlin University of Arts. Her much-acclaimed work earned her a scholarship from the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft and various awards, including the European Woman of Achievement Award. Her career has seen her work in various countries, including Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Germany. She first visited East Berlin in 1986 and found a huge difference to the opulence of West Berlin.
To the website of Margaret Hunter: www.margaret-hunter.com