Publisher: Walther Konig
STRETCH is a comprehensive retrospective of work by artist Alexandra Bircken, showing both early and new pieces. A fundamental parameter of her work is experimentation with materials, with the body as a key point of departure. Her multi-layered, meticulously-constructed sculptures explore skin as covering, as an organ and a cellular structure, but also as a boundary between inside and outside. Materials used in her objects are notable for their strikingly diverse, often contradictory qualities: plaster models, waxes, mannequin fragments and pieces of clothing stand in for body parts; structures packed with wool are used as set pieces and interwoven with one another.
Edited with afterword by Claire Le Restif, Kathleen Rahn, Susanne Titz. Text by Thomas Brinkmann, Michael Stoeber. Interviews by Claire Le Restif, Kathleen Rahn, Susanne Titz, Friedrich Wolfram Heubach.