Hell und heil, 2015



EUR 36,000 + VAT


Hell und Heil, 2015

Linen, nightwear, underwear, feather rack

223 x 120 x 113 cm



About this work

Are this couple ‘bright and happy’, as the title claims? Their involvement is certainly intimate: ‘it’s about longing for love, attachment, belonging, being able to show oneself with all our injuries’, says Dieker. But they surely they won’t be too comfortable, tangled in knotted sheets, squashed up with no mattress on the bed frame-come-plinth. 


Berlin-based Birgit Dieker makes potently abject sculptural works which challenge how female identity has been imposed by the historically dominant patriarchy. Resisting both the aestheticizing tradition of ‘the nude’ and the suppression of female desire by social conventions, she layers and cuts used clothing to explore bodies which take strange and fragmented forms. The results invoke the surrealist spirit of moving beyond the objectified body – previously regarded as ‘natural’ – to reach the freedom of an invented body.  Dieker sees this recognition of identity as construction as ‘the search for a self that is concealed under layers of experience and stories, a kind of peeling away.’

Rosie, 2007


Rosie, 2007

EUR 30,000 + VAT