As one of our greenmuseum.org Curator's Choice artists, Birgit Kratzheller combines an apprecication for local history, natural beauty and botany in her work. From large public outdoor projects in her native Germany to colorful illuminated indoor installations, Kratzheller presents and dramatically highlights the natural world around her.
The peculiar and "grotesque" forms of sprouting potato varieties are explored in two of her projects. "Pataters" reflects the relationship of this important crop to historic agricultural buildings near the city of Stade, Germany and "Potato Boxes" explores the surprising range of potato varieties developed in the region. The potato, presented as a living creature trapped in Kratzhaeller's illuminated boxes, becomes somehow alien and distinctly un-food like.
Other projects such as "The Wind Cradle" (Die Windwiege) and Eva 390 involve the senses and encourage new ways of seeing. The Wind Cradle, a large wooden web hung from the trees in a German forest creates a mysterious and magical space from which to view the sky and overhanging canopy. The enigmatic "Eva 390" is best seen from an airplane but best experienced firsthand as a corn field labyrinth. Through all her projects, . .(Read more)
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