Between Soft and Rigid

“…found objects not only lose their original function but also can not be clearly defined anymore.” - the artist

Bergmann, 2019, garments, braided hose, earrings, thread, 41 x 21 x 9 in, 2300$

Bergmann, 2019, garments, braided hose, earrings, thread, 41 x 21 x 9 in, 2300$

Initially coming from painting, Anna-Lena Sauer’s latest work increasingly focuses on the exploration of different kinds of material, ranging from natural and synthetic textiles to plastics and paint.

Remix 4, 2019, bunting bag, nylon and thread, 10 x 11 x 11 in, 950$

Remix 4, 2019, bunting bag, nylon and thread, 10 x 11 x 11 in, 950$

In her abstract material paintings and sculptures the artist re-utilizes every-day objects such as garments, fabric scraps, broken soccer balls, garden hoses and packaging materials.

Wall Pillow 1, 2018, nylon, fabric scraps and acrylic paint on canvas, 12 x 12 x 2.5 in, 850$

Wall Pillow 1, 2018, nylon, fabric scraps and acrylic paint on canvas, 12 x 12 x 2.5 in, 850$

Liberated from their familiar context and included in a work of art, the found objects not only lose their original function but also can not be clearly defined anymore. Sauer uses them as an artistic medium, a substitute for paint or clay to give texture and plasticity to her work.

Remix 6, 2019, faux fur and found object, 7 x 5 inches, 900$

Remix 6, 2019, faux fur and found object, 7 x 5 inches, 900$

Of particular interest is the juxtaposition of contrasting materials and their different properties as well as the interaction of texture, color, line, shape and space as autonomous key elements. The experimentation with material reveals ongoing tensions between softness and rigidity, disclosure and concealment, tenseness and release.

Peccadillo, 2019, faux fur, fabric scraps and nylon on stretcher bars, 13 x 12.5 x 6 in, 850$

Peccadillo, 2019, faux fur, fabric scraps and nylon on stretcher bars, 13 x 12.5 x 6 in, 850$

Sauer intends to activate seeing. The perception of her work is an engaging process challenging the observer’s attention and patience in times of rapid media consumption.

Wall Sculpture 23, 2019, fabric scraps, nylon, zipper and garments on canvas, 12 x 12 x 3.5 in, 850$

Wall Sculpture 23, 2019, fabric scraps, nylon, zipper and garments on canvas, 12 x 12 x 3.5 in, 850$

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About the artist:

In my abstract material art, I am re-utilizing broken or outworn garments and textiles. I use them as an artistic medium, a substitute for paint or clay to give texture and plasticity to my work.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.annalenasauerartist.com. You nay also follow the artist on Facebook at de-de.facebook.com/AnnaLenaSauerArtist, as well as Instagram @annalenasauerartist.


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