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Born: 1970, Ottweiler, Germany
Lives and Works: Berlin
In her sculptural installations and works on paper, Katja Strunz transforms found and humble materials—scrap metal, wood, and old pages or photographs from books—into playful, fantastical, and somewhat mysterious landscapes. Her works posit an intuitive and abstract language as they imbue the gallery space with intimations of memory or past phenomenona, paradoxically communicating both delicacy and aggression. She meticulously places the various forms in her installations to create constellations whose parts seem to be in direct communication with one another. Here Mirrors against identity (2008), an overlapping triangular structure, juts from the wall into the viewer's space; its sharp-edged steel forms suggesting an ominous presence. In A drop in time (five minutes later) (2008), a cluster of triangular shapes angle downward like a moth spiraling to the ground. The impact of Strunz's work registers through the sheer physicality of the objects and their carefully orchestrated relationships.