Katharina Meister – Artist – Drawings – Mixed Media – Installations

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Katharina Meister Artist

Katharina Meister – Flying Houses

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Katharina Meister Artist Statement

Since the end of 2010 my art is circulating around the topic of the manmade climate change. Until now I have created four series, all of which look at the topic from a different angle. Currently I am working on a fives series. The titles of the series are:

  • Landscape rooms (2010-2012)
  • Heterotopias (2012-2014)
  • Flying Houses (2014-2015)
  • Element 119 De (2015-2016)
  • Minus two point eight degrees (2017).

The series Landscaperoom plays with the relationship between landscape or nature and manmade spaces such as houses, cities etc. In our time the general scenario is such, that nature is captured by society or technique. To show this, I have created the insights of rooms in showcases and then used nature elements, which would grow over these manmade rooms in an effort to reclaim space.

In the series Heterotopias I try to illustrate the consequences of climate catastrophes such as droughts, bushfires, floods etc. The title of the series does not directly indicate the content of the series, but is chosen consciously. Even when scientists describe the climate change and explain how human behavior is the cause of it, it is still hard for individuals to directly recognize the influence of their own behavior on the climate. The cause-consequence-relationship in the field of climate change is not easily visible, this is why it is hard for the individual to estimate the extent of their own actions and even harder to change their own behavior in a sustainable way.

It is getting even more complicated, because changes in climate are by their nature very slow moving processes, so the actions we take today, will not be visible for us, but for future generations only. Heterotopias is a term developed by Michael Foucault, which defines actually implemented utopias as places, which because they became reality, are actually asking to question reality, to discuss what reality really is. I see climate change as one of these implemented utopias, as it is a real problem, but still so hard to grasp. But because climate change is real, it asks us to think about our current behavior, hence reality, and if we can keep it upright, or if we have to change dramatically, if we want that future generations can still have the chance to live happily on this beautiful planet.

The series Flying Houses is playing with the thought: how would our housing look if we all become climate refugees? Housing then would be transportable and light and functional in different climate conditions. The simple tent was the starting point for my thoughts and creative actions, which I then changed in its size; shape etc. in the different works of this series. So the art pieces show round and squared tents; some, which could be hung into trees or set up on top of canoes.

The series Element 119 De is a series which I just recently completed. The work’s title is a reference to the periodic table, which at present, however, ends with element 118 Uuo (Ununoctium). It’s the favourite chart of chemists and comprises all natural and artificial elements by assigning each an atomic number and formula symbol. Following its manifestation in my art I propose to amend element 119 De, the abbreviation De referring to the German word for humility, “Demut”. Since our world is threatening to burst due to climate change, refugee flows or the decomposition of the EU, to name but a few, I wonder which is the missing element. It’s the one that we may not have discovered yet or that we may need to rediscover. The element that may help us realize that our world is the foundation stone of our own life, that it is a place we all have to share and that we should handle it sustainably. Humility is not to be confused with submissiveness, it rather needs to be interpreted as the understanding that the self is only part of the whole and can only exist within this whole. In this era of new technologies and social media self-display and self-presentation seem to have become compulsive, the self is becoming more important all the time. Against this backdrop, people lose sight of the importance of considering themselves as part of a whole …, but also as a part of nature and the world!”

Minus two point eight degrees is the series I am presently working on. The series is about the arctic and the interest in this region by all the countries surrounding it. The arctic is the region where the climate change becomes most visible in the rapid melting of the ice. Although there are many voices wanting to change this, there are at least the same amount of voices, who are interested in this area economically an hence are not that scared by all the ice disappearing as that would allow easier access to sources of fossil fuels hidden underneath the ocean bed. So the series Minus two point eight degrees tries to visualize these contradicting viewpoints.

Katharina Meister – CV

1981

born in Karlsruhe/Germany

2002 – 2007

Studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany with

Prof. Gerd van Dülmen and Prof. Daniel Roth

2004

Yolkart-Grant, Nottingham/GB

2006

Erasmus Grant, Universität Porto, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Porto/P

2010

Studio grant artgrant Kunstförderung

2011

Prize of the artist fair Karlsruhe

since 2011

Lecturer Acedemy for Painting Berlin

2012

Lecturer in Art, University of Pedagogic Karlsruhe

2016

Otmar Alt Grant and Artist in Residence Program

University teacher at the University of Konstanz (University of Applied Sciences)

Katharina Meister lives and works in Margaret River/Australia and Karlsruhe/Germany.

 

Exhibitions

2017

Solo show Art House Friedberg (E)

Solo show Art House Mosbach (E)

Art Project: Art in Churches in der Wetterau (E)

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

Group Exhibition Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig, Germany

Group Exhibition, Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg Germany

25 Jubilee Exhibition Otmar Alt Foundation

 

2016

Noiree, Kunstverein Friedberg

light + shadow, Kunstverein Speyer

SCOPE Basel, wichtendahl. Galerie

ART Kamen, Otmar-Alt-Stiftung

Element 119 De“, Otmar-Alt-Stiftung (E)

 

2015   

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

Flying Houses, wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin (E)

Schere – Schnitt – Papier, Landesgalerie Burgenland, Eisensatdt, Österreich

Städtische Galerie Wangen

Aus dem Dunkeln, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden

 

2014   

Reflexion, wichtendahl. Galerie, Berlin

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper (E)

 

2013   

Gruppenausstellung, Kunstverein Jockrim

fragil, Meppen Kunstverein

Gruppenausstellung, Museum of Modern Art Wien

SCOPE Basel, wichtendahl. galerie

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

 

2012

Heterotopien, wichtendahl. galerie, Berlin (E)

Deltabeben. Regionale 2012, Kunstverein Mannheim

just paper, Marburger Kunstverein

GALERIE Supper, Karlsruhe

SCOPE Basel, wichtendahl. galerie

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

 

2011   

non solo disegno, wichtendahl. galerie, Berlin

Handfall, Orgelfabrik Karlsruhe-Durlach

Galerie Brötzinger Art e.V., Pforzheim

Art Helsinki, Finnland, GALERIE Supper

Munich Contempo, GALERIE Supper

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

 

2010   

Kunst- und Skulpturenmuseum Heilbronn

Gruppenausstellung,GALERIE Supper, Karlsruhe

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

KIAF, Seoul, Südkorea, GALERIE Supper

Art Helsinki, Finnland, GALERIE Supper

ART.FAIR 21, Köln, GALERIE Supper

 

2009   

Wenn mich niemand danach fragt,… GALERIE Supper, Karlsruhe (E)

Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Schweiz

GALERIE Supper, Karlsruhe

art KARLSRUHE, GALERIE Supper

ART.FAIR 21, Köln, GALERIE Supper

KIAF, Seoul, Südkorea, GALERIE Supper

Art Helsinki, Finnland, GALERIE Supper

 

2008   

art Karlsruhe, GALERIE Supper (E)

Gruppenausstellung, Galerie Marion Scharmann, Köln

ART.FAIR 21, Köln, GALERIE Supper

 

2007

Kunstraum Morgenstraße, Karlsruhe (E)

GALERIE Supper, Karlsruhe

Modern07, München, GALERIE Supper

ART.FAIR 21, Köln, GALERIE Supper

 

2004                           

Malt Cross Hall, Nottingham, England

E = exclusive exhibition

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