Anna Grath usually works with found objects, whose given form she processes according to her own sculptural ideas: she bends, stretches, connects and gives them a new, modified form. The original usefulness of the objects is regularly disregarded, and things that do not fit together merge into something new. In a sculptural collage or grafting technique different and fragile but also poetic narratives evolve.
For her edition, Anna Grath has chosen old-fashioned curtain cords, which by using nails she forces into a rectangular shape, which may point to the windows to whose uncovering and covering the cords usually relate to. Grath disregards the rule of the adorning accessory, which usually nestles to the equally soft hanging fabric of the curtain, and emphasizes its drawing-like line form, its framing – and its meaning. The double-bind of decoration and order is also highlighted, which tends to remain hidden in the curtain toboggan. This relationship between freedom and control, disorder and rule complying form is an essential part of Anna Grath’s artistic work.
Anna Grath (*1983, lives and works in Hamburg) studied at the HFBK, Hamburg with Andreas Slominski, Michael Diers and Thomas Pletzinger. Her works have been exhibited at Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin; Produzentengalerie, Hamburg; Godsbanen Aarhus, Denmark; and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Grath received the Hiscox Art Prize, the Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst, the work scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds and the travel scholarship of Neue Kunst in Hamburg e. V.