Brigitte Waldach’s large-scale drawings and multimedia installations relate to universal themes such as violence, pathos, and enlightenment. Drawn on handmade paper or the surface of a wall, her images depict faceless figures standing alone or the outlines of architectural structures, surrounded by fragments of text and symbols. Symbols include an encircled star or the highly evocative colour red, signifying love and aggression, or revolution. Based on individuals as diverse as Hannah Arendt, Niels Bohr, Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Match Girl’, or Buddha, her figures seem to emerge from or disappear into her hand-written text fragments, sourced from novels, political and philosophical writings and contested Wikipedia entries. The text, at times illegible, also takes shape as abstracted tree branches or a mushroom cloud, transforming and ‘performing’ as another image.
German artist Brigitte Waldach (1966, Berlin) lives and works in Berlin. She received degrees in Art Pedagogy and Art Theory from Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), Berlin (1993); German Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (1996); Fine Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), Berlin (1999), and the Postgraduate ’Meisterschüler’ Programme, Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), Berlin (2000). Her work is in collections including ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus; Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art, Berlin; Fondation Francés, Paris; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf; Rogalandmuseum, Stavanger; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; among others