The relationship between identity construction and space has been the topic of my work for some time, in different forms.
Thinking about space is, primarily, thinking about spacial things. A room in a house, a building in a street. A railway station in a city. People and places have a complex relationship, as they mutually produce each other.
Because of the increasing actual as well as virtual mobility of our lives, a number of new tensions regarding assimilation and resistance emerge between space and individual. Could an exaggerated immersion in actual, specific details of a location result in a disturbance in the representation of space, where the person is no longer the origin of coordinates, but one point among others - a loss of self-identity? Could an exaggerated abstraction from the reality of a location result in alienation and become serious threat to society? What is the effect of the doubled perception of self-location in the construction of subjectivity? What kind of strategies or tactics are there to negotiate the emerging tension between self-forgetfulness and seeing ourselves as an "other" threatened by an unknown "I"?
I have been creating drawings, sculptures and installations that circulate around these questions, without attempting to find a final answer to them. All the work create a space, or spacial illusion, in which the viewer is invited to become the protagonist, and allow the questions emerge from the interaction with the work.
Qualifications and training
- 2006 Master of Fine Art, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX, USA
- 2010 Elsewhere, TotalKunst, Edinburgh
- 2008 The Bigger Picture, Kunsthaus Zug Mobil #25, Waiblingen, Germany
- 2008 Fetisch und Konsum, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
- 2008 Romer V. Performance, Solitude Project Space, Stuttgart, Germany
- 2007 Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany