Others about my work:
Her artistic practice is shaped by a search for processes of appropriation and moves between different media such as drawing, sculptures and installations. Behind the reduced, aesthetic form is a research-based, substantive immersion.
This focuses, among other things, on the border zones of physical appearance and how they are represented. The concept of the figure is part of her specific interests, mainly because it offers a pictorial and critical space for our social constructions. Elements of transformations, costumes, physical „furniture“ and objects related to this practice are part of her deliberations. In this way she manages to combine expressive materials with complex, theoretical foundations. The strong tactility of the work does not appear as a fixed comment, but rather opens up areas of association between the work and an individual reading.
Me about my work:
Research and discourse are intertwined with material and craftswomanship, from which drawings, textile collages, tufted wall objects, quilted and sewn portable sculptures, embroidered and stuffed creatures and room-filling installations are created. The protagonists of my work are hybrid figures who evoke narratives of an existing sociocultural diversity of cross-species communication. In my artistic practice, non-human beings appear again and again as narrators, who emphasize similarities and connections and critically question the unequal relationship created by humans. I would like to emphasize the inability to be separated from our environment and other species.
For this I mainly fall back on myths and folklore and try to analytically find a visual language that remains legible across generations and across borders.
Since 2015 I have been working with textiles in my work, sewing and designing two- and three-dimensional objects. Sewing not only creates closeness, it also illustrates what happens when something comes close to us, a relationship becomes closer,
a being or object becomes familiar. The penetration of the fabric and the knotting of the threads is, so to speak, the reciprocal relationship that leads to the fact that we feel closeness.
The relationship between sculpture and image is very exciting for me. Some of my works clearly differentiate between image and image carrier but combine both in one object, still others are embodied drawings and images. The respective visual references are closely linked to the object and its cultural connotations with which they appear together. Often these are images that show a process. On the other hand, I also use narrative, concrete images that then merge with the material.
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