My imagery usually starts with an observation of a material reality–objects of nature in space, such as plants, trees or landscape elements. These elements have a presence and create relationships. We embody the place or object and simultaneously perceive other possibilities of being and other time frames. There may be events of the past or events imagined. The created spaces may be inhabited. There is movement and change. These are events perceived simultaneously with the current reality. My imagery always has to do with events in a place.
In the city, where encounter with nature is limited, I have often created interior landscapes with tabletop objects. These stationary, inert objects are combined with plants, flowers or vegetable materials, bringing in what changes and has a life span.
Guna Mundheim lives and works in New York City, as well as in Tucson, and Long Beach Island, New Jersey. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and did graduate work in painting and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught watercolor at UPenn from 1979 to 1986. Mundheim is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and formerly by the Phoenix Gallery in New York and the Veiherte Gallery in Riga, Latvia.
Selected one person exhibitions include the Gross McCleaf Gallery (2011, 1997, 1993); the Phoenix Gallery (2010, 2007); The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia and the Burrison Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. Mundheim also had a solo exhibition at the Veiherte Gallery in 2004.
She has been awarded dozens of prizes for watercolor and mixed media. Her work is in numerous private collections and public collections including: The National Museum, Riga, Latvia; The Global Center for Latvian Art, Cesis, Latvia; the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Duane, Morris & Hechscher; and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.