2020, light object, wall mounted, Material: transparent adhesive tape, epoxy resin, fiberglass, feathers, sand, polymer glue, RGB_LEDstripe, 164 programs (Paulmann), ready to plug, 70 x 140 cm (WxH)
TESAfilm (transparent adhesive tape), epoxy resin, fiberglass, feathers, sand, polymer glue, RGB_LEDstripe, 164 programs (Paulmann), ready to plug in
Dimensions: 140 cm high, 70 cm wide
"I love and fear snakes in equal measure. Nevertheless, I feel every rare moment when I encounter a snake as true happiness.
The snake is a very feminine symbol. In matriarchal cultures, the snake was revered. Because of its recurring shedding of skin, it became a symbol of vitality and wisdom. The snake is closely related to the lunar cycle and thus to woman as a life-giver and sexual being. In the course of patriarchalization in religion and society, these attributes were transformed into male procreative power and wisdom. The sexual aspect of woman was rejected and demonized in the conversion. This is most clearly seen in the Christian story of paradise in the Old Testament. It was the serpent who spoke with a forked tongue - henceforth it became a symbol of lies and seduction. Mary Magdalene, the companion of Jesus Christ, was also declared a sinner and later even a prostitute.
To establish the connection to the original feminine, wise and wild but equally pure, innocent, loving power of the serpent, I chose the title "Mary Magdalene". In the unlit state of daylight, the emphasis is on the white, soft feathers. However, when the object glows in color in the darkness, the powerful and dynamic aspect of the snake is fully expressed. The special feature here is the variety of selectable color and light programs."
About the artist
Astrid Steinbrecher was born in 1972 in Westerstede, Germany. She lives and works in Vienna.
In her works the artist deals in different ways with the themes of being human & relationship, identity & integrity and searching & finding. As a sculptor she is interested in everything that has to do with materiality & space. Aesthetics and quality always play a major role. Her versatility manifests itself in the most diverse forms of expression and materials. These include object design, spatial design, sculpture, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media and digital imaging. For several years, her focus has been on the creation of light objects, which she customizes to a high standard using a technique she developed herself.
Her works are presented in public as well as in private and business spaces.
Exhibitions, scholarships and symposia in Austria as well as in Germany, Malta, Switzerland, UK, USA.
1995 Journeyman's certificate in stone sculpting and stonemasonry, Wunsiedel (D).
1999 Master craftsman's diploma in stonemasonry and stone sculpture at the master school in Freiburg (D)
1999-2004 Study of sculpture with diploma by Professor Bruno Gironcoli at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (A)
Since 2004 freelance artist in Vienna, Austria
Artistic direction and supervision of the art on building project "5 senses" with 2 occupational therapists and clients of PSD Gänserndorf from August 2018 to October 2019.
Founding of the association "Hold & Stein" for art and culture with Kurt Neuhold for the youth art project "Suchlinge & Findlinge" funded by the City of Vienna / KulturKatapult. The project implementation started in September 2020 at the Vocational School for Construction in Vienna, but had to be postponed until further notice due to the 2nd and 3rd lockdown. It is one of 14 funded projects selected from 219 submissions.
"Kunst im Steinsalon", cooperation with Kerstin Neuhoff, managing director of Natursteinwerk Neuhoff (Schwanfeld, D) and Steinsalon (Munich, D). The exhibition of various art objects and print media was planned for December 2020, but had to be postponed to 2021 due to Covid19.