Buffet, 2000, (wool)
Thread in the work of Patricia
Waller is used as a basic artistic material, and the artist
employs the traditional technique of crocheting. A steak and
different snacks crocheted from a woollen thread; a lobster
embellished with leaves of lettuce; a plate of different kinds
of cheese decorated with grapes; a plate of eggs; and, of course,
a bread basket – all these stimulate the viewer's appetite.
The inventively crocheted buffet is an aesthetic sublimation
of banquets, which also accompany the bulk of cultural events.
As a Trojan horse, this work points to philistinism and taboos
of different configurations of contemporary society. By placing
a delicious buffet in the gallery space, this work openly comments
on the ambience at openings of exhibitions and other cultural
events. The theme is as old as humanity itself. People who strike
it rich are always there; they make contacts, speak highly diplomatically,
and behave approvingly. The mimetic depiction of food is a metaphor
for self-interest; it is a humorous, even ironic statement about
the fact that the opening event often pushes aside the substance
of the exhibited works and positions, and it much too often
and excessively emphasises the socialising and career components.
Patricia Waller has used crocheted thread in her creations since
the beginning of
the 1990s, and has actually been one of the main figures in
the branch of so-called textile art. The ingenuity of her work,
in comparison with other similar statements and comments on
philistinism in the art system, which have been quite frequent
in recent years, lies precisely in her use of material.
Born in 1962 in Santiago (Chile).
In 1968 she moved to Germany. Between 1985 in 1990 she studied
at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under Professors O.
H. Hajek, K. Fritsch, W. Pokorny, E. Wagner, and H. Klingelhöller.
In 1993 she held a DAAD scholarship in Ghent (Belgium). In 1995
she won a scholarship and studied at the Columbia College in
Chicago (USA). In 1999 she studied at the Cité Internationale
des Arts in Paris.
Solo exhibitions (selection):
Wonderland, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
Delights, Ego Gallery, Barcelona
340 / Muzeum, Brussels
Kabinett im Stadtmuseum, Jena
Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück
Group exhibitions (selection):
Skulpture in Dialogue,
Städtische Museen, Heilbronn
German Year 2005/6 in Japan, Tokyo
Natur in Art,
Museum for Arts and Crafts, Hamburg
Right Hand, 798 Space, Beijing
Housework – Everyday Life,
Municipal Gallery, Nordhorn