Susanne Thiemann crosses borders. Coming from an artistic family, she was drawn to craft–the 'making of things'. She became a basket weaver. As a practising artist for the last 20 years, her craft has given her a platform and a recurring starting point. And so it is only on closer inspection that one discovers that all of her sculptures and objects are woven works that are lovingly detailed.Read More
The material has been an accidental discovery. It is original plastic tubing from the 1960s and 1970s that was used to produce garden chairs and sun lounges. This elastic and smooth material has an enormous significance for Thiemann: it stands for her 'Sturm-und-Drang' period and precisely that era, in which revolutionary energy and protest were in the air. A young generation and the new art wanted to change old thought patterns in order to reach new horizons. New materials, new forms of expression and new themes were explored. The transformation was enormous.
This openness and joy of experimentation is still part of Susanne Thiemann's attitude to life and thus of her artistic working process. Chance plays an enormous role in all her works. Thus it is the 'hand of gravity' that models curves and bulges. As a result, the works have something immensely pleasurable about them, appearing soft and tactile. You just want to touch them!
Thiemann's works are almost real characters in their own right with a powerful personality. Whether they stand or hang from the ceiling...they are immensely present, occupy the space, are autonomous, stubborn and individualistic. With them, the artist performs a skilful balancing act in which opposites are interwoven in a completely harmonious way: craft and art, sensuality and calculation, grandeur and lightness, organic and artificial, lush and reduced, sensual and conscious. Well, opposites attract. And then there is suspense, and suspense is the opposite of lax and lethargic.
Text courtesy Boutwell Schabrowsky.