Rosenfeld Porcini is delighted to announce A Fragile Existence, the inaugural UK solo exhibition by German artist Silvia Hatzl. Opening on 18th January 2013, the exhibition will showcase her sculptural clothing, busts and heads, which explore the illusion of clothing as a concealment of human nakedness. Displayed across 3,000 square feet of gallery space, this exhibition follows on from her successful museum show at Museum am Dom Wurzburg, Germany, this summer.
Silvia Hatzl creates sculptures which are often highly theatrical and resemble recognisable forms, created from varying natural materials including linen, silk, cotton, paper and even animal intestines. As a result the works often reveal, in part or in whole, a heightened sense of transparency. The forms range from childlike in their scale to far larger than life, so that an installation of her work resembles a silent, ethereal group of living people, covering all the possible ages of man.
All of the sculptures, due to the materials used, retain their natural creases and lines. Many of Hatzl’s works also reveal a great painterliness with the clothes often speckled with rust or pigment. Sometimes she applies sand, ashes or mortar to emphasise the richness and beauty of the forms. Delicate to touch, they are silent performers.