Münchens größtes Kunstfestival

Bronze sculpture "Whirl" will be presented at ARTMUC

Munich's biggest art festival is back!

For me, the ARTMUC is the next highlight of this year. From Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2022, Munich's largest art festival will open the 2022 art season on the Praterinsel. More than 75 artists and 25 galleries from all over Europe present young art that you can afford.
From Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2022, Munich's largest art festival will open the 2022 art season on the Praterinsel. More than 75 artists and 25 galleries from all over Europe present young art that you can afford.

My stand will be near the entrance. I'm looking forward to this weekend, to the stimulating atmosphere at ARTMUC, to many new and familiar faces and to stimulating discussions. And of course I look forward to showing you my sculptures !

When?
Fri. 13.05.22 / 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Sat 14.05.22 / 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Sun. 15.05.22 / 12 p.m. – 6 p.m

Where?
Praterinsel 3-5 / 80538 Munich
www.artmuc.info

Affordable Art Fair Brussels

The artist and two of her sculptures at Affordable Art Fair Brussels

Affordable Art Fair Brussels March 23-27 was wonderful. Brussels alone is worth a trip: the city center with its many buildings from the 18th century, the skyscrapers made of steel and glass, muslim shopping streets, beautiful parks and of course the many different people. The Tour and Taxis area where the fair takes place impresses with its buildings from the beginning of the 20th century. The city is so diverse that I would have loved to stay longer.

And then the art fair! It is always impressive to see how diverse art can be. How many ideas people have! Art has been made for thousands of years and new and unique things are still being created. A wonderland to marvel at. The Affordable Art Fair Brussels was well attended and I got to talk to many people. It was great fun to speak French again. I'd rather not know how many mistakes I made. Fortunately, the people I spoke to were good-natured and patient. It is difficult to describe the material and the creation of my sculptures in a foreign language. We laughed a lot together.

See you next year, Affordable Art Fair Brussels, I'll be back!

Little king without a crown

Skulptur mit dem Titel "Kleiner König ohne Krone"

A little king without a crown came to me as a surprise guest. In the workshop was a piece of plaster that I had long used as a pattern for various finishes and paints. On a whim I didn't throw it away, but attacked it with the file. I took off the varnish and gave in to the directions of my file. After a while I had this little abstract sculpture in my hands. Curious and optimistic Little king without a crown looks out into the world and reminds me of the old canon "It doesn't take much to be happy and whoever is happy is a king„.

The result of my work is always a surprise for me too.

Wishes for 2022

Meine Wünsche für 2022: Freunde werden!

My wishes for 2022 are simple: let's be friendly with each other, let's be friends in the best sense of the word! There is so much that connects us and very little that divides us. We all want the same thing: peace, health and joy. I would like to contribute to these three goals: To a peaceful and polite coexistence, to the fact that we all stay healthy and to some joy in the life of my fellow human beings.

I hope that soon cultural events can take place again in an uncomplicated manner. Culture brings glamor and joy into our life. The desire for art and culture connects us, because art touches our hearts regardless of our political attitudes. We need that now more than ever. I hope that we artists will be able to show our art to give joy with it.

My professional wishes for 2022 are as follows: I wish that my latest work finds a good place. It would make me especially happy to design a sculpture in public space.

I wish you
Peace in heart
Health for you and your family
and many moments of joy
for the year 2022!

ARTe Wiesbaden

Skulpturen auf der ARTe Wiesbaden
ARTe Wiesbaden 2021

Today I wallowed in memories of the ARTe Wiesbaden art fair. It were intense days with many interesting encounters and conversations. Despite the large number of visitors, there was always enough space in the large hall of the RheinMain CongressCenter to keep the necessary distance. I am already looking forward to the ARTe Wiesbaden next year. I'm looking forward to the atmosphere at the fair, to the great variety of works of art and artists. I look forward to showing my work. Most of all, I'm looking forward to meeting old friends and continuing on the conversations from last year.

In the large hall my sculptures were shown to their best advantage. This Youtube video shows them better than many photos: Sculpture stand at ARTe Wiesbaden 2021

Bronze sculpture Two Points

Two PointsBronze, Edition 2/9, about 36/30/27 cm

Only recently did I pick up the second cast of the bronze sculpture Two Points from the foundry. And it already found a new home again. Even if I'm happy that it is now pleasing someone else, I still miss it in the studio. This seemingly simple shape has a very special charisma.

It's a long way from the first drafts to the finished sculpture. The following photos of the making of the bronze sculpture Two Points show only a small part of this path.

First draft of the sculpture Two Points

Design in plaster

I put a layer of plaster over a core made of styrofoam. The shape of the sculpture has already been found, but the surface is still very roughly worked.

Plaster model

I keep applying plaster of paris and sanding it down until the shape is really right. When the plaster model is finished, I use it to create the negative form.

Plaster model of the sculpture Two Points
Mold of the sculpture Two Points

The mold

The mold consists of an inner, soft silicone form and an outer support form made of plaster of paris. It is made around the model. Its most important property is therefore that it can be removed from the model without destroying it. In this case, two parts are sufficient. I take the negative mold and model to the foundry to have a bronze cast made of the sculpture Two Points .

Raw casting of the sculpture Two Points

Raw casting of the sculpture

The production of a bronze cast is very complex. First, a wax model is created with the negative form. The sprues are attached to this from wax. Then the wax model is repeatedly dipped in a kind of thin clay soup and dried for several days. When the clay gets fired, the wax flows out, leaving a cavity in which the bronze can be poured.

Surface treatment of the bronze casting

After casting, the clay must be knocked off on the outside and inside. Holes have to be cut in a closed shape like this so that the clay on the inside can be removed. Then the holes are welded shut again. I took on the surface treatment of the bronze sculpture Two Points with file and sandpaper. I like to work by hand because it gives me a better feel for the smoothness and tension of the surface.

The raw casting is filed and ground.
Bronze sculpture Two Points

Patinating the bronze sculpture Two Points

For the final surface treatment, I bring the sculpture back to the foundry. Patinating is an art in itself. With the help of various chemicals, the bronze reacts and changes its color. In this case, the Art foundry Kollinger brought out a beautiful red-brown color.

Art salon in Constance

Wiebke Bader, „Bewegt“, Messing, 80/65/56 cm

Der ARTe Kunstsalon in Konstanz war großartig. Das Bodenseeforum bot gleichzeitig einen herrlichen Blick auf den Bodensee und den Genuss der Kunstausstellung. Meine beiden Skulpturen In Harmony and Moving hatten einen schönen Platz vor der großen Fensterfront. Der weite Raum ließ sie wunderbar zur Geltung kommen. Während sich draußen Sonne und Regen abwechselten, wirkten die Figuren im unterschiedlichen Licht immer wieder anders. Ich habe unzählige Fotos davon gemacht. Es war auch für mich faszinierend, sie in diesem großen Raum zu erleben.

My new sculpture Moving made its debut at the ARTe art salon in Konstanz. I was always happy to see it in this light and in this place. I am very curious to see where it will finally find its place.

Wiebke Bader, „Im Einklang“, 114/54/58 cm
Wiebke Bader, „Kreisend“ und „Freund I und II“

Above all, the conversations with visitors and colleagues at the ARTe art salon in Constance were a great enrichment for me. And so I am now full of anticipation for the next exhibition: At the ARTe Wiesbaden my sculptures can be seen again from September 10th to 12th, 2021. my sculptures vom 10. bis 12. September 2021 wieder zu sehen sein.

I received a scholarship

Für die Weiterentwicklung dieser Skulptur habe ich ein Stipendium erhalten.

I received a scholarship! The Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg hat mir zur Förderung meines künstlerischen Vorhabens ein Stipendium bewilligt. Was für eine schöne Bestätigung meiner Arbeit. Ich habe mich riesig gefreut.

What does art have to do with research? The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts puts it in a nutshell on its website: Kreativität ist die wichtigste Ressource des Hochtechnologielandes Baden-Württemberg.

What is my project?

Based on the existing model of the sculpture Life I would like to develop a series of sculptures that build up on one another. All sculptures will be about one meter high and will have a similar direction of movement.

With each new development step, the slender loops of the sculpture Life become fuller and eventually merge into a monolithic block. Each of the sculptures is clearly based on its predecessor, but has its very own charisma that can be associated with different phases of life:

The play of children, the swing of youth, the abundance of young adult life, the responsibility in mid-life, the calm of old age.

The grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg enables me to concentrate on this series of sculptures over the next few months. I see that as a great gift and it makes me very happy.

Life-size sculpture In harmony

lebensgroße Skulptur "Im Einklang"

Life-size sculpture In Harmony can finally be seen as a model. It has been with me for almost two years. The sculpture started as a small wax model. This little sculpture was close to my heart and so I had it cast in bronze. As such, it can also be seen on my homepage .

In February 2020 I created In Harmony in Thailand as a large clay sculpture. As soon as I was back home, the pandemic picked up speed and I could no longer pursue the project in Thailand. The negatives of the model were therefore sent to Germany and arrived in Aalen at the beginning of 2021. Almost a year had passed since the start of the work.

In my workshop I have revised and refined the form that was developed in Thailand. In the past few months I have tried out a number of new methods and materials. This model was created from plaster of paris, PU foam, steel and paint.

My goal was to create a model that is light enough to be able to take with me to the exhibitions in Konstanz and Wiesbaden . At the same time, it should give a good impression of how the life-size sculpture In Harmony would look in bronze. As soon as I have found a specific site, I will have the sculpture cast in bronze.

A few days ago I was able to take a picture of the finished model from In Harmony for the first time. I am so happy to finally be able to show it!

Preparation for ARTe Konstanz

Vorbereitung für die ARTe Konstanz

The days go by faster and faster and I am very busy preparing for ARTe Constanze.

Not all my sculptures can go on the journey with me. However, it is very difficult for me to make a selection, because every sculpture has its charm and wants to be seen. In the studio, I marked the size of the exhibition space on the floor. Here the sculptures wander around on their pedestals. Sometimes the will stand up front, then in the back, sometimes in the middle, then on the edge. I order new material for the bases almost every day, because the right size is always missing.

During this preparation for the ARTe Konstanz, an interplay of the works is slowly emerging, a small community in which each sculpture can come into its own. The sculptures stand there like divas and want to show their best side. I am happy to help them and am delighted by their glow.