Two-colour woodcut on paper
64,5 x 80 cm
Edition of 15 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
The work refers to recurrent themes in Ulla von Brandenburg’s practice, such as the occult, magic, theatre and the trompe-l’oeil. Featured here is the sphere or crystal ball which in the world of sleight-of-hand and magic, is used to conjure an atmosphere of enigma and illusion. Von Brandenburg’s figure draped in striking colour blocks seems to be an abstracted contemporary and female variation on the illusionist with his floating ball as he was depicted in prints from as early as the 17th century.
about Ulla von Brandenburg
Ulla Von Brandenburg’s artistic practice is a visualization of the tensions between reality and fiction, visitor and actor, subject and object. Hallucination, mirror images and illusion influence the way we look and von Brandenburg’s theatrical style continually responds to this.
The artist starts from complex story lines, which she interweaves with ritual acts, historical references and elements from contemporary popular culture. Inspirations drawn from baroque theatre, German romanticism, trompe-l’oeil, literature and the occult come together in spatial installations consisting of coloured textile, theatre backdrops, watercolours, murals and film pieces. These elements are all specifically created and staged for the exhibition space concerned, resulting in unique scenographies and immersive experiences.
(courtesy of KIOSK)