In my work I move fluently between sculpture, photography, applied arts and the design of stools.
I work with the means of performative, constructive wood sculpture and photography - whereby these complement each other in
part. The sculptures and STŌL sculptures are always part of a performance/life and photography is documenting
and transforming this. My main topics are the trans*forming body and the Shoa.
Anyone who harnesses the creative spirit within is an artist. But the goal is to make life itself an art.
Jeder, der den Schöpfergeist in sich nutznießt, ist ein Künstler. Das Ziel aber ist, das Leben selbst zu einer Kunst zu machen.
The fascination for constructive wood sculpting captured me very early. My first building was a tent-shaped wooden hut, consisting of wooden shingles, built around a large spruce trunk. This was followed by small buildings, furniture and other articles of daily use. The human-like shape of the chair, its sculptural and performative possibilities began to occupy me more and more. Some years ago I decided to put my artistic emphasis on the chair as a form for my artistic expression. Since then, more and more sculptures in the shape of armchairs and stools have been made of solid wood. Each chair is a joyful celebration of functional sculpture, which finds its completion in the use by man (or cat). I share my passion for sculptural art by teaching at the Kunst VHS and Sigmund Freud Private University.
It has been proven that the interaction of hand and brain increases the ability to think, yet there is hardly anyone who writes anything by hand. I, for example, still write by hand, because otherwise I cannot recognize my music [...] Handwriting has disappeared from everyday life. It's a pity, because little else says so much about a person and leaves behind traces of contemporary witness.
Es ist erwiesen, dass das Zusammenwirken von Hand und Hirn das Denkvermögen steigert, dennoch gibt es kaum noch jemanden, der irgendetwas mit der Hand schreibt. Ich z.B. notiere noch immer per Hand, denn sonst erkenne ich meine Musik nicht [...] Die Hand schrift ist aus dem Alltag verschwunden. Schade, denn wenig sonst sagt so viel über einen Menschen aus und hinterlässt Spuren von Zeitzeugenschaft.
I work the wood exclusively by hand. Because of the use of hand tools I am close to the wood. This gives my body the opportunity to participate in the shaping
process and the surface design. The body communicates with the wood. The body inscribes itself into the wood. Vojtěch Volavka calls this process sculptural handwriting. This is how unique pieces are created. Pieces that are mor like individuals who get involved with their
Studies of object sculpture with Julian Göthe and Pawel Althamer and contextual painting with Ashley Hans Scheirl at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, as well as wood restoration. Degree: Mag. art.
Studies of philosophy and psychology at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg. Degree: Mag. phil.
I make body and spatial art. For example, I modify a house that is over 100 years old - with my body, by hand, without the use of electrically supported tools or machines. This physical way of working is about the body inscribing itself into the interior design, as abruptly as possible. The body writes itself into the material through its physical and mental movements. The body is involved in the process of shaping and surface design, the body's reflections are reflected in the shaped material, in the lived space.
This sculptural work also has a performative character, regardless of whether it is bound to the space or - in the sense of the german word origin of „Möbel“(furniture) is mobile, because only when one or more people perform with the works are they complete. All my works come from the body and are made for the body/bodies. Only through their use, in conversation, in being together with bodies, the artistic works become whole.
My work - in the sense of Aristotle - is about a poetry of the body, which finds its application in interior design (bound to the room e.g. wall drawing or mobile e.g. sound bodies), Nazi history (e.g. Fathomizing Memory) and the body's confrontation with its environment (e.g. Wildes Fleisch).
Most frequently used techniques: Wood and stone sculpture, photography, audio and video art, writing, performance.
Related bodies: George Nakashima, walking artists, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Jean Touret, Gregor Eichinger, Maria Lassnig, Wille Sundqvist, David Pye, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Roland Barthes, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Olga Neuwirth, Ashley Hans Scheirl.
Artistic duo VN Jaeger & Schwarzwald with Helga Em Schwarzwald - partner and counter spirit.
Visit us at our artist run Gallery STŌL: Thursday and Friday, 11am - 7pm.
And after appointment.
Closed on holidays.
Neustiftgasse 48 Corner Neubaugasse, 1070 Vienna.