Susanne Rottenbacher – Teapot, Cologne
Born 1969 in Göttingen, Germany
Susanne Rottenbacher began her career studying stage and light design at Columbia University in New York and the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning in London. After working as a stage designer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has been focusing on light art since 2004. Rottenbacher's sculptures breathe the spirit of the kinetic art of the 1960s. In the early stages of her career she used the elements painting, light, and time in her work with acrylic boxes, and in recent years transparent circles of light have become the Berlin artist's trademark. Since this year, Susanne Rottenbacher´s work bursts out of its formal frame and is now able to appear in a much freer context.
Inside the transparent plastic objects a filigree wire structure is trimmed with small, coloured LED-lamps. The outside is painted with stripes of differing colour intensity, widths and density. Rottenbacher's installations also unfold their full potential in the public space, such as the Lichtparcours (light course) in Braunschweig, Germany in 2010. The rings exude a magical, almost psychedelic atmosphere at night when they shine as light- and colour-objects in the dark.
Hanging freely and in groups or put up in fixed ensembles, the objects face the observer as figures that reach out into the space around them with varying direction, size and density.