Approved: 10.05.2018

Katharina Fitz

Artist, Digital designer, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 10.05.2018

My work focuses mainly on sculpture as well as conceptual photography. Since 2016 I have introduced different mediums such as casting, mould making, woodwork and ceramics into my practice.

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Artist Statement

My work focuses mainly on sculpture as well as conceptual photography. Since 2016 I have introduced different mediums such as casting, mould making, woodwork and ceramics into my practice.

Key themes I am investigating are: firstly questioning the hierarchy of objects within the artistic process in an age of mass production and copies. Secondly, ideas surrounding exhausting form and space through mutation, repetition and variation and lastly the relationship between the objects on display, the viewer and the space.

Coming from a photographic background the parallels between the value of the photographic negative and the mould in sculpture became apparent. Usually, objects of the process such as moulds, jigs, and tools are seen as unappreciated by-products and discarded from the viewer, whereas in my installations, I elevate them by presenting them as objects of their own right.

The use of mechanical reproduction processes raises questions about the value of a reproducible work of art and Walter Benjamin's idea of the aura of the original versus the copy. I am interested in how the process of standardisation has brought the object world to our doorstep and changed the spaces we inhabit.

Through the use of different techniques, I constantly flip, copy, turn, repeat, and mutate objects. This enables me to push form into abstraction giving rise to something new and unknown. I understand my work as a form of language, constantly translating from one stage to another. Languages are in a permanent state of flow and change, similar to the mutations I create.

An important component of my practice is how the work sits within the space and how the space activates the work. Through presence and absence, the viewer is invited to mentally playing and actively deciphering the language of the process by combining the different interconnected elements. When setting up my work I construct a narrative within the space, thinking of the viewer as a performer following a choreography.

Within my installations, there is a combination of provisionality and precision. Some pieces seem to be resting, waiting to be performed, whilst others are in exhibition mode. I am looking at blurring the boundaries between exhibition space and studio space whereas my sculptures connect the dots between the two. It is a way of stimulating our perception of the world around us and making visible what is unseen.

CV & Education

Artist Statement

My work focuses mainly on conceptual photography as well as sculpture. Since 2016 I have introduced different mediums such as casting, mould making, woodwork and ceramics into my practice. I am concerned with subjects surrounding urban sociology showing the structures, processes, phenomenon, and problems that are part of urban life and human interactions with a special interest in shared memory and social and cultural aspects of life.

I classify objects into groups in order to appreciate their characteristics and reflect upon their narratives. Therefore repetition and the interconnections between object and subject play an important role in my practice. My work is characterized by an objective and conceptual line following clear structures.

 

2018  (Upcoming) Melange de Fruits, Primary Studios, UK

2018  (Upcoming) Re-Imagine the City, Artcore Gallery, UK

2018   Aftermath, Nottingham Contemporary Gallery, UK

2018  Open Borders, Orgelfabrik, Curated by Lisa Bergmann, GER

2017  FETTEJahre, Villa Claudia, AUT

2017  Contemporary Art Ruhr - Art Fair, Zeche Zollverein, GER

2017  GrenzWERTig, Galerie Art dOsera, CH

2017  Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, UK

2017  Screening, Voies Off Festival, Arles, FR

2017  Event1, Primary Studios, UK

2016  Chatarra, 10 years of Bilbao - Bregenz Artist Exchange, Bildraum, AT

2016  Nottingham, Castle Open, Castle Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2016  Boarded-up Houses, City Projections curators: Nina Keel, Anna Vetsch, CH

2016  Urban Gardening Patchwork, Fenster 61, Berlin, GER

2016  Malaga - paracosmic houses, Our Cities Surrounded, Online

2015  Heimspiel, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein , FL

2015  Bilbao Arte Artists, Bilbao Arte Center for Contemporary Art, ES

2015  Felix Schöller Award, Cultural Historic Museum Osnabrück, GER

2015Creadores, La Térmica Malaga, Curated by Diego Santos, ES

2015  Dornbirn Houses, Copenhagen Photofestival, DK

2015  Heimat X, Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden, GER

2015  Malaga Crea, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, ES

2015  Kleisterweiber, Berin, GER

2015  Barrio Irala, Achtmalneu, Villa Claudia, AUT

2014  An ocean of possibilities, Twentsewelle Museum, NED

2014  Open Doors, BilbaoArte Center for Contemporary Art, ES

2014  An ocean of possibilities, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, SGP

2014  An ocean of possibilities, Fries Museum, NED

2014  Querschnitt, Stadtmuseum Dornbirn group exhibition, AUT

2014  Kontakt, Arena Glashaus, Berlin , GER

2014  Patchwork project "Urban Gardening" 4 seasons

2013  Galerie Exp12, Berlin Fotografen, GER

2012  Portrait series about gentrification in Neukölln, Berlin, GER

2012  Le temps qui passe – memories of a life

2012  Dornbirn Houses

2011  Sentinel Project

Awards

2017  Lens Culture Exposure Awards

2016  International Photography Awards | 3. place - Architecture

2015  Moscow International Foto Awards, 2. place, Architecture

2015  Felix Schöller Awards, Finalist | Architecture, GER

2015  Malaga Crea, Special Mention, ES

2014  International Photography Awards | 2. place - Architecture

2014  International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention

2013  International Photography Awards | 2. place - Architecture

2013  International Photography Awards | 3. Platz - Architecture

Collections

Bilbao Arte Foundation, ES

Malaga City Heritage Museum, ES

City Museum of Dornbirn, AT

Residencies/Grants

2018  Re-Imagine the City, Artcore Residency, UK

2017  Finalist, The Annex Collection Acquisition Award, UK

2017  ExperiMentor Program 'Orbit', New Art Exchange, UK

2016  Scholarship Nottingham Trent University, MFA, UK

2016  Project Funding, Austrian Arts Council, AUT

2015  Artist Residency, Bilbao Arte Center for Contemporary Art, ES

2015  Artist Residency, La Térmica, Malaga, ES

2014  Artist Residency exchange, Bilbao Arte Center for Contemporary Art, ES

2012  Project funding, Dornbirn, AUT

Festivals

2015  Wiesbadener Fototage, DE

2015  Copenhagen Photofestival, DK

2014  Noorderlicht Photofestival, NED

2014  Singapore International Photography Festival, SGP

Publications

2018  Open Borders Catalog, DE

2018  Goethe Institut Feature - 'Boarded-up Houses', DE

2017  DOMUS Magazine Article "Boarded-up Houses"

2017  Photonews Portfolio Feature "Chatarra"

2017  Garten + Landschaft Magazin

2017  Lens Culture Magazine Feature - 'Boarded-up Houses'

2017  Catalog Bilbao - Bregenz - Artist Exchange

2017  Il Post Newspaper Feature Article - 'Malaga - Paracosmic Houses', IT

2016  Goethe Institut Feature - 'Malaga - Paracosmic Houses', DE

2016  Lens Culture Jurors Pick Feature - 'Malaga - Paracosmic Houses'

2016  International Photography Awards Book, USA

2015  Artist Feature Mole Empire Art Magazine

2015  Catalog Bilbao Arte, ES

2014  GEO-Magazin "KOSMOS", DE

2014  International Photography Awards Book, USA

2014  Catalog Noorderlicht Festival, NED

2014  Artist Feature Insiderei Magazine, AUT

2014  Kunst Magazine "Kunst Vorarlberg", AUT

2014  PHOTONEWS Magazine, Portfolio, DE

2014  Catalog Bilbao Arte, ES

2014  Zitty Magazine Berlin, DE

2013  International Photography Awards Book, USA

2013  Online Magazin Neuköllner, DE

2013  Berlin Fotografen, DE

2013  Finding Berlin Magazin, DE