Tableau H. S.
Tableau C. P.
Tableau S. v. H.
Lass leuchten dein Antlitz
People have always felt the need to live a holistic life. The social, political, economic and ecological problems leave us helpless and powerless. Our present cannot satisfy the longing for a holistic life. Yet never before have so many different models of life been possible as they are today. And yet – with so many possible ways of living – a convent in a monastery where seven conventuals currently live together with the abbess and are involved in social, cultural and educational areas seems strangely out of touch with the times. What is their perspective, their view of our present? Do they lead a holistic life? How do they perceive their world around them? Are they at one with themselves? What can one learn from them?
Single No. I
Single No. II
Single No. III
Objekt Klein a
Couple No. I
Couple No. II
In my series „Einsamer Eros“ I have been working on symbolic portraits of singles and couples in the form of pictorial tableaux resembling psychograms. In these I arrange staged images of the body, still lifes, short texts and objets trouvés that offer allusions to concrete individuals and their sensibilities. By contrast to the traditional portrait, the faces remains invisible. Instead, I take up the pictorial rhetoric of classical painting and create expressive, emotionally charged metaphorical and symbolic images, which allow viewers insight into the inner world of the human being portrayed. For me is portraiture a hermeneutical work in an endeavour to grasp one person’s life from a variety of perspectives, in order to interpret it.
Allegorie der Liebe
Omnia vincit Amor
Voicy ton maître
In my series „Über das Begehren“ I address the nonvisible: that which adheres to it as shadow, as impression, as residual warmth, e.g. memories, projections, relationships, especially feelings. All works refer to things that are past, to things that were never there, to things that are imagined, to things that are missed or longed for, to death, to stagnation, or to loss. Their iconography recalls the vanitas still life of the Baroque period as much as Roman and Greek mythology, or as allegories and medieval love-magic.
The language of my works often has sexual undertones, with numerous personal references and self-reflective allusions mixed in. With all the stylistic, motif-filled, and iconographic references to history, numerous references to the present are contained. In this way the symbol-laden, deeply melancholic content of my allegories of desire are conveyed timelessly and universally.
Monodram I (Tableau)
Monodram II (Tableau)
Monodram III (Tableau)
In my new series „Theatrum mundi“, I portray a generation which pursues mobility and learning on a global scale and without boundaries, yet whose misgivings, fears, and unfulfilled yearnings at the same time mirror the flipside of the very freedom that affords the individual access to modernity all over the world.
To gain insight into our present age, I look back to times of change ranging from the Baroque period to the Enlightenment, a time, in which the parameters of our social constitution have been defined. I have created metaphoric and symbolic images at historic locations such as the Goethe Theatre in Bad Lauchstädt, which allow viewers insight into the outer representation and the hidden inner world of the protagonists.
Der Alb I
Der Alb II
Der Alb III
A stream of images, thoughts and emotions affects us every night anew. It leaves us in a confused, anxious, ashamed, excited or yearning condition, most of the times deeply moved. The disconnected and absurd things appearing in our memory are raising our suspicion, that our self-perception as a modern, thinking and self-controlled being is actually a pure delusion, whereas in truth we are spending a third of our life time in a form of madness.
With carefully placed references to well-known works of art history I use a pictorial world as a key for the discovery of the emotional constitution and fragility of modern humans. The visible is expanded to include the realm of the imagination, and movement becomes an expression of emotion itself. I let the viewer look at a nebulous border world between reality and fiction, in which not everything is fixed yet and which can be a place of escape as well as a mirror of reality.
Fools and artists have something in common. Fools once held up a mirror to their masters, but also to society. In the current contemporary (art) scene, individual artists often take on this role directly or they let their works speak.
Artists stand apart from society even today. Women artists have an even harder situation in this field than their male colleagues.
Against this background, I portrayed female artists as fools in arranged pictorial compositions. The figure types of the „Commedia dell’arte“ gave me the space to not only superficially point out these problems, but also to let the personal stories, emotions, and thoughts of the portrayed female artists shine through in the form of „loaded role portraits“.
A primo ad extremum
Objects that have a personal ideal value due to their history, their uniqueness or an emotional bond can be found in almost every apartment. Often they are presented like little treasures, are showcased items as well as an individual object memory. Against the background of historical art chambers, I stage those things that are of special value to their owners for personal reasons.
The private treasures are lavishly illuminated and displayed together with those from existing collections. The results are auratic photographs that line up like an object catalog with very own individual stories and meanings, entering into a mutual and multi-layered dialogue. Together with selected objets, the photographs are integrated in an installation that is creating a complex, tense and associatively charged frame of reference that goes far beyond any original meaning.
Tableau C. v. L.
Tableau S. v. S.
Tableau K. T.
In naming my latest series ‘New Age of Dissent’, I am forging a link with ‘Notes from the New Age of Dissent’, the compilation of blog texts by the British journalist, author, and feminist, Laurie Penny, published in 2011. Penny, a self-declared feminist futurist, writes angry, passionate, and at the same time thoroughly humorous texts about the fears and frustrations that most of the younger generation know all too well. She thus gives a voice to those who can express their silent fears only as a persistent sense of dissatisfaction.
The same can be said also of the female artists I present in my psychogram-like portraits in the form of tableaus. In rendering visible the subjects’ inner emotional worlds, the photographs subtly reveal insights into the phenomena of our time that trouble and drive these artists – sexual identity, exclusion, discrimination, critiques of capitalism, et al.