Alexandra Bircken (b. 1967, Cologne, Germany) is renowned for her sculptures that combine disparate objects such as branches, stones, wool, hair, tights and other found objects, resulting in hybrid assemblages.
Bircken creates a network of associations, ideas, meanings and artistic styles. By linking incoherent elements, she reflects on the possibilities of sculpture and materials.
Bircken trained as a fashion designer at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her training is apparent in her appreciation of the tactile qualities of materials. This experience underpins not only her interest in the use of textile materials, discarded items of clothing and techniques of weaving, knitting and crochet, but also her interest in the human form and her preoccupation with dressing the space.
‘Most of the works I make are in reference to my own body size… to my own physical abilities’
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Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture
01 Oct 2014 - 25 Jan 2015