Where is the sheep?

Where is the sheep is a work series on the question on how to represent the sheep in a way that it refers to the real animal. In art, animals are often used as a symbol for human character traits or experiences. Thereby the real animal is forgotten. I work with figuration and abstraction to show how animal pictures have multiple meanings, as well as searching a way to represent the animal as an individual being.


Clothes are reworked with Acryl and Gouache paint to give them a second life. In Sheep Lifes a woolen Suit was the basis for a reflection and the cultivation of a loving relationship with sheep. Linking the woolen suit to its animal origin puts in evidence the biographie of each piece of clothes we are wearing. Flower Power is a cotton dress painted with cottong fields. Linking tissues back to their origin which lies in animals or plants changes the value of a piece.


Sheep in the streets is a street art project where prints of sheep are presented in public spaces. Livestock is omnipresent in our lives, but in a city we barely see the living animal, as we are only confronted with the processed object. Sheep in the streets aims to remember that our lifes is intrinsically related to the lifes of animals in the animal industry. It also reflects on the idea of giving more rights to animals, such as the right to be protected from exploitation and to share the same spaces as humans. 


Remembrance consists of Sheep droppings, collected from an animal sanctuary I was working on during summer 2021. The organic material contrasts the organized, square form. The work is a memorial and homage to the sheep encountered there and arose out of the feeling of loss when moving away and loosing contact to the animals.

IN A ROW (2021)

The project represents a flock of sheep, consisting of 40 individual sheep printed on paper 120x120cm. At the basis of the prints are four different woodcuts. Through the printing process and further reworking of the print, each sheep print is unique. The papers are reworked with color and ecological materials such as raw sheep wool, sheep droppings, hay or leaves. Its singularity is highlighted through naming every sheep. The
The multiplication of one drawing due to the printing conveys the idea of an underlying common ground, from where diversity arises. The used natural materials embed the sheep in a surrounding and permit a multifarious experience of the artwork. The sheep are installed in a distance between the sheets, so that the single wood print is not visible in its wholeness, but melts into one group.


In 2021 I participated in a house renovating project. An old, burnt farmhouse was completely renovated, using eco-friendly, local materials when possible. The walls were plastered with clay, hay and ecofriendly paint. The floor and terrace were built using recycled limestone. By using hands to plaster the walls appear specific traces that give the wall an aura and permit to connect deeper with the material. Working with limestone, it is necessary to adapt to the form of the stone and find the fitting place for its form. Like this, a mosaic is created, where each singular piece works together to create a ordinated form.