Verena Issel: Wurzelpost (Ecosystem M)


At 5 p.m. on 30th Of August will be presented a solo show Wurzelpost (Ecosystem M) by Verena Issel (DE/NO).

For her solo exhibition at [si:said], Verena Issel is presenting a new series of mixed media collages and drawings.  Metal meets silk, wood meets cardboard and foam, Chinese fan papers become weird fitness devices, art folders form swimming pools … Wellness and fitness machines as well as interior objects are some of the motives to be discovered among the group of art pieces. Perspectives are crooked, weird and wrong, the machines are out of balance and the pools grey and depressed.

Everything feels better in groups though, some say: The objects seem to talk to each other, ideas, motives and moves jump from piece to piece – and into the room.  Everything seems to communicate with everything. Verena Issel extends the collages into the gallery space. Elements from the collages jump to the walls, find their enlarged other in the gallery’s corners, drawings continue at the floor, at the ceiling… the room becomes part of the paintings as the paintings become part of the room.

Trees do communicate, juices are transported. Rhizomes say Hi.

We are system.

Verena Issel (b. 1982) is an artist focused on installation art. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and University of Hamburg, she has two Master degrees: MFA in sculpture/installation and film and MA in Classical Philology. For many years, Verena Issel is a participant of the various artist-in-residence programs around the world: South Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, Japan, Lithuania, Germany, and Belgium. Besides the residence programs, her solo exhibitions were displayed in Norway, France, Japan, Shanghai. Since 2019 Verena is a Lecturer at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and 2019‒2020 a Guest professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg. Mainly, her installation art is dealing with its autonomous components, touching upon the themes like literature, linguistics, philosophy, etc. Verena lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

The exhibition runs until 30th of September.

The project is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Klaipeda municipality.