Artemis Herber MRSS
I create an energizing relationship between installation and site; the pieces can be configured endlessly, transforming any space into a specific place. Various dynamic relationships form through groupings and gaps inviting the visitor to interact while walking through surprise openings in a constant flow of ever-changing perspectives. This connection creates a unique experience for visitors while suggesting a warm climate of living, coexistence and interactions that occupies common spaces, provoking a dialog about space as a field of possible action and how we as humans integrate into and impact our surroundings.
Through structural cuts, I score and bend cardboard by manipulating it into intended directions and pliable shapes to create a changeable and individually hand-carved sculpture. At first the artwork is site-less, systemic and unfinished with ready-made elements that function as a spatial activator and amplify other architecture or environments once they are set up on site.
Staying true to my vision of sustainability I use corrugated cardboard, paper, paint or shellac for materials. The cardboard segments are painted in vibrant, metallic or rusty colors. I transform the surface into something that appears different (like metal or fabric), but the material maintains its reality through its corrugations, its inherent warm quality and its vulnerability and unpretentiousness. Because of their scale, color and surface reflection, they create a strong presence in their environment. With the use of a “natural” handmade process, I reduce the product to a minimalist expression in color and form, thereby forming my own language.