In this group of works, I am fascinated by creating smaller and smaller works instead of larger and larger ones. It also reminds me of the Russian legend of a left-handed man with extraordinary craftsmanship, who had hoofed a flea. The work is also carried by a sustainability idea, in which even the smallest remnants of the elaborate textile production are used.READ MORE
In this group of works, I am fascinated by creating smaller and smaller works instead of larger and larger ones. It also reminds me of the Russian legend of a left-handed man with extraordinary craftsmanship, who had hoofed a flea. The work is also carried by a sustainability idea, in which even the smallest remnants of the elaborate textile production are used. The microcollages start at 19mmx 19mm.
I was so impressed by the success of the marketing strategy of a stamp card that I started to be interested in it as an object. I cut them up in masses and made ornaments out of them, fixing the individual pieces between two pieces of scotch tape. This reminded me of how in landscape architecture hand-drawn plans were labeled by strips of tesafilm. Soon I was also interested in words on the cardboards and then I started to cut and collage various packages. Then followed illustrations, colors and shapes.
And soon I had a collage collection of over 800 individual works made of colored magazine paper, packaging cardboard, photographs, overpainted photographs, negatives, slide positives, medicine packaging with Braille writing and finally with my own skin after a sunburn and with scalp, of which I produce a lot. I also made two larger works, one of painted-over photography fragments and one of slide positives.
Due to square character repeated within the collages, I lacked variety until I discovered the potential of the fabric scraps that came with my sewing practice. The fabric collages comprise a number of around 200 works. The motifs vary in form and color, from abstract to figurative, from dense and wild to minimalist, from drawing to painting. A separate three-part work I dedicated to the duality of the fashion industry, on the one hand the beautiful glamor of the catwalks and on the other hand the misery of the production conditions.
What interests me the most, is to find a proper transformation for what I appreciate in the small original. That‘s why the enlargement, whether by OHP, episcope or print in direct comparison with the original is quite exciting. I showed the scaling of the technique to tailored dresses in my Fashion Show in Hannover, 2019.
However in February 2022 the microcollages work group successfully came to an end due to enviromental reasons and lack of interest in purely formalistic work in the size of 150×92 cm.