The Atopic Body

The Atopic Body

Within my bachelor work I wanted to dive deeper in the different connotations of atopy and how they resonate with my feelings and thoughts. Atopy expresses at the same time, something or someone unclassifable as well as placelessness in philosophy and it also describes hypersensitivity of the body in medicine. My work „The Atopic Body“ represents an interactive, safe space that focuses on the sensory perception and the bodily reactions of sensitivity. The living, breathing, human body is an opening to the world that surrounds it. This vulnerable body doesn‘t end on its surface, as it is always in contact with its environment and with other bodies. A relationship between those divergent bodies, the human and the material body, is being evoked, by the sensual reactions that are being experienced through touch, warmth and softness. The surface can make  the bodily sensitivity to the environment visible, through heat sensitive colour. The traces, the physical body leaves behind, through his warm presence, shape the objects as well as the magnetic, interchangeable structures of the bodily objects.
A seemingly living and breathing organism can be created. The objects refuse to be in a constant shape or a constant place and therefore they can build an atopic body – a place within the placelessness!

interact with it. play with it. feel it.

souvenir of the city

souvenir of the city

Within my scholarship for the summer academy in Salzburg I participated in the course „A ring is not just a thing“ with Jewellery artist Lucy Sarneel. The focus of this course was the interaction with the city and the reflection of the processes within Salzburg under the title „Souvenir of the city“.I was especially interested in the traces of decay and deviation from normal materials which I incorporated in the idea of my home town Salzburg which is a seemingly perfect historic city with many rich people especially tourists enjoying the cultural life.For the normal people which are living in this city it can be sometimes irritating how different the lives of the many visitors and themselves can be in Salzburg and if you look closely you can even find traces of decay behind the facade and also see the areas which aren’t as perfect as expected.For my collection of jewellery I looked for traces on materials I could use incorporating the idea of a not so perfect souvenir piece, something that is interesting but represents more than the surface of the city.I chose different materials but concentrated especially on copper and wood which have a rural character to them.

drawings

drawings

Within a university course I visited, I was challenged to concern myself with an object in a certain amount of time. Therefore each time I focused on certain details more than others and minimalistic drawings have been made. For a time there have been taxidermied birds and other times electronic junk, to draw.