Last week I have been walking my newspaper dress through Munich. Originally I made it for the installation “The Talk” earlier this year. Walking along the river Isar and across Marienplatz, I became a piece of news myself. I lingered around some places for a while, reading a daily newspaper and ripping out headlines to mark the spot where I had been. Emmy Ann Horstkamp, founder of MunichArtists.com followed me with her camera. She will publish a video of the intervention after the summer. More of her pictures can be seen here.
For almost two weeks have I been in Australia, far too little time to get to know the country. Yet, the people, places and landscapes I met made me fall in love with this part of Earth. Here are some impressions that I collected in Newcastle and Ballarat.
Newcastle is a coastal city in New South Wales that welcomed me with nice weather, beautiful beaches and fine little shops. My wonderful host Anne Kempton runs the Timeless Textiles Gallery in a part of Newcastle’s former lock-up. This was also the venue for my three-day-workshop Crocheted Stories. Anne inspired me with her dedication to fostering contemporary fibre arts, her commitment to community work and – last but not least – her delicious veggie food.
My next destination was Ballarat, Victoria, some 1,5 hrs out of Melbourne. The energetic Glenys Mann had invited me to teach a workshop during the Fibre Arts Australia Winter School that she organizes on a regular basis. For five days I had my students explore ways to take paper apart and put it together again. We even had time to alter some books! The whole week was a lot of fun, with a tribe of fibre arts women from 8 different workshops bustling about, with entertaining events to top off the day, and with yummy traditional Australian desserts on every single evening.
Despite the intense work on paper projects, there was time left to get to know a bit of Ballarat. Lake Wendouree with its sanctuary for birds was just around the corner. And one of my workshop participants made sure I got to see some kangaroos and koalas at the local Wildlife Park.
I left Australia feeling blessed with new inspirations and friendships.
From June 14 to September 30 the Munich Gallery Seelenart-Galerie is showing artwork by me and Heribert Haselstein. Thematically, all works refer to the process of transformation. My view on changes in stories/in history is exhibited through book objects, works in concrete and paper, and photographies. Heribert Haselstein is exhibiting intricate drawings that give an impression of the layered process he is working in.
the text translates
is already coming to
wards you. Have you come
to wonder? towards won-
dering. oh. uh. oh. going towards
all wonders at this
time of day. here, wondering comes t-
owards you. oh! uh! oh!
you! Are you moving towards
wondering? oh! you! here!
the wondering is al-
ways coming towards you here
right now. Are you coming
oh! you! here is the spa-
ce where you both meet:
you + wondering.
“The Talk” was an installation that was on show at the a href=”http://fridaygallery.com/”>Friday Gallery, Munich during Munich Jewellery Week from 24 Feb to 1 March. In a dialogue with the South African artist Allun Turner I have been creating jewellery objects, textures and masks from newspaper. Over the course of several weeks I got the chance to dive deeper into my favorite subject – words and gestures. Here are a few impressions:
I am fascinated by the language of the human budy. Through drawing I repeat the gestures and the expression of the model in my own voice – sometimes hesitant and loose, sometimes energetic. Every technique adds a new dialect and subtly alters the message. For the group exhibition “naked lines” I used (among other media) wire and thread for drawing. A bunch of thanks to the many visitors and to the eleven other artists who contributed to an exciting exhibition!
For seven exiting days, I have been part of the ISPO Tandem Space team that turns waste of the huge ISPO sports fair in Munich into a unique floating installation. Plastic foil of the ISPO exhibitors was used to stuff old textiles and form cloud shaped objects. During ISPO opening hours, the clouds got covered by the artwork of Adam Hartshorne, MAJILINA, Miguel Panadero Escala, Rafa Moreno-Tapia and me.
Tandem Space is the brainchild of Rafa Moreno-Tapia and Miguel Panadero. The Spanish artists have been realizing recycling art projects with ISPO for three years now, each time collaborating with different artists of different European countries. I met them at Stroke Ltd last October and was happy to be invited to join a process that is perfectly in line with my other work.
I painted and scribbled on some of “my clouds”, on others I used cardboard or paper to create interesting textures. The surface of my favourite piece was made with plastic chords.
The cloud installation is planned to be exhibited once more at Stroke Artfair in May 2016. Finally, the individual pieces will be sold in an auction with the benefits going to Movember Foundation.
On the 15th of December the Procreate Project will launch in London. The initiative has been founded to support and network with international mother artists. More than 100 artists contribute to the launching exhibition at the Women’s Art Library at the University of London. Until 18th of December the works are shown in specially made photozines. I am represented with the photo series “Our Baby”.
The five piece installation “One” will also be shown during the launch event. It is currently on the way to London.
I am the chicken and the egg,
I am the shell and the crack.
I am the nest. I leave the nest.
I am in pieces that do not rhyme.
I am in pieces that rhyme with
THIS PIECE IS TO MAKE YOU SEE THAT WORDS
ARE NOT LIGHT ENOUGH. SPACE IS TRANSPARE
NT. WORDS ARE NOT. IGNORE MY WRITING, SEE
THE SPACE BETWEEN. SEE? (AND MAYBE ADMIT
BLOCKING LIGHT HAS BEAUTY, TOO.) WOR
DS ARE BLOCKING THE LIGHT. WORDS DO
NOT SHINE ON THEIR OWN. WORDS ARE NOT
NEVER CLEAR ENOUGH. WORDS ARE NOT →
BRIGHT ENOUGH. IGNORE THESE LINES AND
LET THE SPACE SPEAK TO YOU DIRECTLY.
THERE IS NO OTHER CONTENT. ENJOY THE
FREE SPACE. WORDS ARE NOT SPACIOUS
ENOUGH. SEE? WORDS GET IN THE WAY. YOU
HAD TO SEE THIS…. YOU HAVE
TO SEE THIS FOR YOURSELF. (WORDS ARE O.K.)
WORDS ARE NOT LIGHT ENOUGH.
WORDS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT ENOUGH.
THEY BLOCK THE LIGHT (TO AN EXTENT). THESE WOR
DS ARE NOT BRIGHT ENOUGH TO SHINE ON THEIR OWN.
BUT THEY HAVE THE POWER TO SHAPE THE SPACE (TO AN
EXTENT). YET, THE SPACE REMAINS FREE FROM CONTENT.
IGNORE THE WORDS AND READ THE ← → do you see?
SPACE INSTEAD. WORDS ARE NOT SPACIOUS ENOUGH.
CAN YOU SEE THE FREEDOM IN THE SPACE AROUND THE
LETTERS? AND THE LIGHT? THIS IS THE COMPLETE CONTENT.
WORDS ARE NOT CLEAR. words are not transparent enough.
LETTERS ARE TOO LIMITED AND TOO DENSE TO TRAN
read at all.
All there is
to realize is
in the space
words. AT THE
EDGE OF THE
THE PAINT ENDS.
THIS IS WHERE
SHINE IF YOU
words are not light enough. too heavy.
BUT SOMETIMES THEY CAST BEAUTI
FUL SHADOWS. WORDS ARE NOT TRA
NSPARENT ENOUGH. IT IS THE SPA
CE BETWEEN THE LETTERS THAT
TRANSMITS THE LIGHT. DO YOU SEE
THIS IS THE COMPLETE CONTENT:
FOLLOW THE WORDS ONLY AS FAR AS
THE BLACK PAINT GOES. THEN ENTER
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE WORDS.
THE FREE, TRANSPARENT SPACE
THAT DOES NOT BLOCK THE LIGHT. THIS
IS WHERE WE MEET. AT THE EDGE OF THE BLACK PAINT. WHERE THE LIGHT PASSES.