1969 Gescher, North Rhine-Westphalia
Ei, Ei, Ei. 2010. Fabric and wire, 44 x 46 x 46cm.
- Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
- Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, 2012
- Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken, 2012/2013
- Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld 2013
- Auf AEG (Halle 20), Nuremberg 2015
- St. Canisius, Berlin 2016
- Parochialkirche, Berlin 2016
- Exhibition cat. Birgit Dieker. DERMA, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen/Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken/Kunstverein Münster, Berlin 2012.
In 2006 Birgit Dieker developed a new technique with which she processes worn clothes into heads, busts or whole figures. What is new is that the separated garments are tightly wrapped layer by layer and sewn tightly until the desired volume is achieved. The shape is then treated with knives and scissors.
Clothing as pictorial material and understood as the epitome of the "second skin" serves as protection, but also as masquerade or staging of the self. It symbolizes the tension between inside and outside, between private and public, between covering and uncovering. Time, memories and experiences that are also tied to clothing are another exciting aspect. Just as our personality is formed from experience, the layers of clothing in Dieker's sculptures could be a metaphor for this. This can be seen particularly clearly in her portrait works, such as the amorphous hanging sculpture "Ei Ei Ei" (2008/10), which not only shows the artist's exposed self-portrait in three places, but was also made from her personal garments.
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