Although my early training was in fine art as a graphical artist, I have been working in textiles since the early eighties. Collage has always been a part of my work having always collected pieces of fabric and threads and enjoyed improvising something from nothing and transforming it into something new. These are used together with textile techniques in combination with paper making, drawing with threads and collage. I stitch areas both hand and machine following the same formal concerns as one would in painting or graphic e.g. sharp texture, colour, shades. I usually have an idea or a drawing of what I want but playing with the material is a major part of my work. I also use paints and dyes and manufacture pieces if necessary. My works are an assembly of a variety of different fabric, materials and threads, soft materials, that are combined. I employ all sorts of textile techniques: fraying, twisting, tying knots, sewing, embroidering, embroiling, ripping, tearing and joining together again. The cloth becomes bulges and ropes by twisting, rolling, winding and knotting threads around. The shape of a grid or a network does appear by tearing threads out and tangling them by knotting and compressing. Threads - lined up and standing out in sharp relief - work like pencil lines or lines of a graph to give a graphical effect to the works. Several effect levels merge in different intensity to create a spatial dimension, which reaches from the relief to space installation. The objects are overpainted with white and coloured with earthy, natural and broken colours to give them depth and shades. Sometimes pearls, wooden pieces of branches or copper wire are integrated. Decomposed leaves and their structures form the emphasis for the topics of my work, also fissured mountain walls, landscape structures from bird perspective, windows of connections and branches - material stands for vegetable matter.
Biography: 1957 born in Soest /Germany 1978 Kunstakademie Duesseldorf - Prof. Luise Kimme, Tony Cragg 1979 Kunstakademie Duesseldorf Graphic - Prof. Rolf Sackenheim 1982 Meisterschuelerin Prof. Sackenheim stipendium Ecole des Beaux-Artes Mulhouse - France member of the group 'Textilkunst Duesseldorf' 1984 working as full time artist A selection of one man shows, group exhibitions and participations: 1982 Stadtmuseum Duesseldorf/D 1983 Staedt. Galerie Paderborn/D, Textilmuseum Heidelberg/D, Textilmuseum Tilburg/NL 1984 Kunsthaus Mettmann /D, Museum Zacheta Warschau/PL, Museum of Textile Art Lodz/PL, Wilhelm-Morgner-Haus Soest/D 1985 Volksbank Soest /D, Museum Abtei Liesborn /D, Villa Engelhardt Duesseldorf/D, Landschaftsverband Warstein/D, "Heinrich Heine-Eine Begegnung" Duesseldorf/D, Heerlen(NL), Amsterdam(NL), Eindhoven(NL), Rotterdam(NL), Venlo(NL), Wesel(D), Bielefeld(D, Galerie Klaerwerk Krefeld/D, Rathaus Kaarst-Buettgen/D 1986 Buergerhaus Bad Sassendorf/D, Morgner Haus Soest/D, Kunstpalast Ehrenhof Duesseldorf/D, Kuenstlermuseum Koerbecke/D, Exponata Muenster/D 1987 Museum Falkenhof Rheine/D, Kulturkreis Dinslaken /D, Villa Engelhardt Duesseldorf/D, Emschertalmuseum Herne/D, Stadtmuseum Duesseldorf/D, Galerie Palette Wuppertal/D, Kurverwaltung Bad Neuenahr/D 1988 Textilmuseum Heidelberg/D, Museum Abtei Liesborn/D, Airport Duesseldorf/D, Schloss Garath Duesseldorf/D, Stadthalle Neuss/D 1989 Wilhelm Morgner Haus Soest/D, Schloss Garath Duesseldorf/D, Stadthalle Neuss/D 1990 Wilhelm Morgner Haus Soest/D, Galerie im Centrum Wesel/D, K31 Werl/D, Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf/D, Stadthalle Neuss/D, Staedt. Heimatmuseum Lippstadt/D 1991 Landschaftsverband Warstein/D, Exponata Muenster/D, WBZ Duesseldorf/D, Kunstausstellung Neuss/D, 1992 Ausstellunsforum Duesseldorf/D, Kunstpalast Ehrenhof Duesseldorf/D 1993 Textilmuseum Bocholt/D 1994 Kunstkreis Gronau /D 1996 Museum Abtei Liesborn 1997 Thyssen Trade Center Duesseldorf/D 1998 Kunstforum Duesseldorf/D 2000 Kunstfruehling Korschenbroich/D, "In Transit " Wilhelm Morgner Haus Soest/D, Kunstpunkte Duesseldorf/D, Kreismuseum Blankenheim/D, Rathaus Herzberg/D, "Milestones for peace" Gallery for Contempory Art Umm el Fahm/Israel 2001 "In Transit" Strzelce-Opolskie/PL, "In Transit" Saraspotok/H, Kunstpunkte Duesseldorf/D, Kunstboerse Neuss Stadthalle/D, "Frauenansichten" Wilhelm Morgner Haus Soest/D, Zeughaus Neuss/D, "Milestones for peace" Domschatzkammer Aachen/D 2002 "In Transit" Kampen/NL, "In Transit" Wilhelm Morgner Haus Soest/D, Kunstpunkte Duesseldorf/D, Wasserburg Geretzhoven, Bergheim/D, Koelner Kunstmarkt/D 2003 selected for participation in the 4th "Biennale Internationale Dell'Arte Contemporanea" Florence, Fortezza da Basso/I (6.-14. December 2003)
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