Mariele Neudecker’s work employs the cultural phenomenon of Romanticism
and its elevation of nature and landscape into vehicles for emotional
transcendence, philosophical contemplation and cultural identity. The glass
vessel pieces seem to come from another time, yet also refer to notions of the
sublime as contained within some sort of experiment apparatus. Like Casper
David Friedrich, Neudecker’s places the human element in diminished
perspective, yet while seeming to embody the viewer's own desires, while also
presenting the landscape as a scientific experiment.
By replicating the airplane black boxes, the flight recorder series Final
Fantasy, seem to contain the tantalising promise of recorded truth, ultimate
knowledge, of insight free from illusion – at the same time one is perfectly
aware of their and our superimposed conceptual construction. They are not
trying to be exact replications, hence there are subtle changes in scale and
solid colour or transparent materials.
Mariele Neudecker lives and works in Bristol, UK. Neudecker has recently
been short-listed for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, was prize-
winner at the 11. Triennale Kleinplastik – Larger Than Life - Stranger Than
Fiction, Fellbach, Germany). In 2011 she exhibited in three international group
exhibitions: Otherworldly: Artist Dioramas and Small Specacles, MAD
Museum, New York, USA, Screaming From The Mountain: Landscapes and
Viewpoints. curated by Pontus Kyander, Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
and Rohkunstbau – Power, Marquart Castle, Berlin, Germany. She is
represented by Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin.
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