Using clay, natural, and found materials, and more recently bronze, Katinka Bock (France, born Germany 1976) creates sculptures and installations that explore temporality and space, and that also mine the territories of history and geography. While often dealing with natural alteration processes, or filming the disappearance of sculptural elements, she creates a continuous movement between outdoor and indoor spaces, the exhibition space and the production site.
The work of Katinka Bock is investigating the material conditions through a different range of media: from sculpture as a central point, but also using film, photography and publishing. Her work deals with questions about language, common space and sharing. She articulates vocabulary of forms and effects: clay, ceramic, textiles, flow of liquids, straps and webbing, fruit and other fickle materials, articulated together sometimes in precarious and vulnerable situations, sometimes they appear solid and ready to endure for thousands of years.
Her sculptures are the result of an event, sometimes contradictory to the used material. Each of these installations defines a space and often seems to wrestle against the claustrophobia of the exhibition spaces, tending to open doors, windows, walls, holes by which to escape, or to let in rain or air.
Bock studied at the Kunsthochschule in Berlin and at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts of Lyon. She was an artist-in residence at Villa Medicis in Rome, and was awarded with the Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis in Germany, the Prix Ricard in France and the production prize of Fundacion Botin in Spain. She has had solo exhibitions a.o. at Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and Nuremberg Kunstverein Germany; MAMCO, Geneva and Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA. Her upcoming solo projects will be on hold at Kunstmuseum Winthertur, Mudam Luxembourg, IAC Villeurbanne Mercer Union, Toronto and Commun Guild in Glasgow.
The work of Katinka Bock will receive support from Fluxus Art Projects, the Goethe-Institut London and The Henry Moore Foundation.