Album Amicorum shown at Galerie de la Médiathèque Forbach, France. This piece is situated in the junction of biography, narration, painting and drawing. Mixed Media, 2018.
The concept for this art installation originates in the abstract “Prilblumen” paintings that I created for the show Prilprinzessin in Burbach 2016. When I was invited to show in Forbach, France, a place in Lorraine where I had grown up, I wanted to develop a piece in response to my biography and memory of the place. I wanted to talk about the history of a place utilizing my personal experience. I found my old poetry albums-friendship books we as kids exchanged in school and received back with a poem and an image. The images were collectible dye-cut images depicting kitschy flowers, hearts and angels among others. The verses were blessings and transported social codes of conduct. I gleaned the concepts: Joy, Loyalty, Friendship, Justice, Modesty, Health and Pleasure and made a drawing for each concept, inserting a little ironic symbol referring back to consumer pop culture of the seventies.
The large paintings on the wall are my abstract prilblumen-based images made with ink and acrylics on Yupo. On the floor I created seating objects-bean bags in a limited edition. They are made out of cotton and are filled with bean bag filler, the fabric is printed with my paintings.
A coloring book with my drawings is published, with the intention to engage the public and to return the blessings to the community.
The project was funded by Ministerium des Saarlandes für Kultur und Bildung.
Ink and Acrylics on Yupo.
Larger pieces are 80 x 60”. Smaller pieces are 30 x 40”. 2017-2018
War Paint-Bold as Love
In the summer of 2017 I created pieces at Konstepidemin Göteborg for this show at Galleri PS in the same city in Sweden.
Works are in ink and acrylics on Yupo or on Panel.
While I maintain a studio practice, I often work site specifically when I create installations. I respond to architectural elements, the history of a site and create work that integrates with those aspects or enters in a dialogue with them. As a painter I am interested in how to expand painting into the “lived realm”, instead of creating intellectual windows.
The first picture shows the installation War Paint-Bold as Love", at Gallery PS Gothenburg Sweden, 2017
The second installation was a floor piece showed at Wounded General Project Space Inverness Park, CA, 2014. The visitors could step on the painting. I wanted to generate a reflection on the value of art in a wider cultural political context. The subtext was “walk all over me”
The third installation was made for the Startupartfair at the Hotel del Sol in 2015. Visitors could lay on the beds and look at the painting. Interested in turning the reception of a painting upside down after the painting on the ground, I used the motel scenario, with the furniture inside to complement my idea.
Neon Leaks beneath your Feet
Floor Installation at the Wounded General Project Space California, 2014
StartupArtFair San Francisco, Hotel del Sol 2015
Installation on Ceiling
Corte Madera Centennial Art Weekend my piece is the Green Painting on the Wall
This text-based installation reenacts an atmosphere from my novel Prilprinzessin.
Pril is a German dish-soap, which marketed its product in the seventies with 2 colorful stickers of flowers on the back of the bottle.
Thus the “Prilblume” was born and it decorated kitchen tiles for decades and became a staple in quotidian pop-culture in Germany.
In this context the “Prilblume” is a symbol of consumer-oriented life, alienated from nature. Here it represents plastic, toxic products and the innocence of the child.
Abstract „Prilblumen“ are attached and arranged in a strict grid on two opposing walls.
The oversized flowers are abstractions made from the symmetrical and rigid original, painted with ink on Yupo paper-a PVC surface.
Shown at Kulturverein Burbach in the summer of 2016.
Excerpts from my artist book "Mädel aus Kruppstahl", ink on Yupo 14x11", 2016
Drawing on Wall during my show -Come to my Garden- in Braunschweig 2003
My work explores the edge of legibility. I live in California, where the light is so stark and constant that I find myself almost blinded at times. Spending many hours on a computer screen, reading text embedded in flickering LCD lights, my eyes have to adjust to find the right legible edge. I work with vibrant shellac inks on bright white Yupo paper, an absorbent PVC surface. In my paintings, I create a crisp division between the painted surface and the über-artificial white Yupo paper, which creates shape and form equally in the painted and the non- painted surface.
Neon acrylic paint gives the painting an additional element, playing with our spectral sensitivity.
I think that our daily use of screen devices changes our visual perception. As an artist I’m naturally interested in pursuing and exploring that idea.
It's only ever Bombs Away (no longer available)
Ink and Collage on Yupo, 81 x 60.1"
Punkass Trees with Orange
Ink and acrylics on Yupo, 81 x 60"
Ink on Yupo, 99 x 60"
Ink and acrylics on Yupo, 60 x 81", sold
Ink, acrylics and collage, 81 x 60"
Icons on the Couch
What do Jesus, Andreas Baader, JFK and Jackson Pollock have in common?
Based on my performative lecture, bearing the same name, I am analyzing cultural icons through the persona of a pseudo-psychologist. Each person is given a label in this installation piece, critiquing the current tendency to reduce unusual personalities to a mere pathology.
A reflective piece, that is putting our modern world on the couch and the way in which we look at each other and ourselves today.