Vanessa Oppenhoff – galerie julia garnatz, Cologne


galerie julia garnatz

Schaafenstrasse 10, 50676 Cologne, Germany

+49 221 3406297


Vanessa Oppenhoff

Born 1971 in Cologne, Germany

Sewing, a traditionally feminine occupied medium, has almost entirely disappeared from western necessary everyday actions. Vanessa Oppenhoff has chosen this medium for herself as means of expression and translated it into a contemporary pictorial language. She “draws” with needle and thread. Collage like, Oppenhoff stacks layers above each other: newspapers, photocopies, fabric, correction fluid and on top vellum, a high-quality parchment, which has its origins in the medieval illuminated manuscripts. Remaining threads are not trimmed or hidden, they hang loose and become part of the composition.

Oppenhoff’s contents are taken from western imagery and experiences and play with issues such as interpersonal relationships, nature, science, consumption or city culture.

The same contents are found in Oppenhoff’s short movies, which are seldom longer then 4-5 minutes. They recall the making process of the sewed works and form complex loops that appear to have no beginning an end, even if they have.

Vanessa Oppenhoff, Foodtrucks, 2012, thread, velin, newspaper, whiteout, 421.64 x 254 inches
Vanessa Oppenhoff, Monocerus, 2010, thread, velin, newspaper, whiteout, 55.88 x 76.2 inches
Vanessa Oppenhoff, All that Weight to Carry, 2012, thread, velin, newspaper, whiteout, 76.2 x 55.88 inches
Vanessa Oppenhoff, Film Still: Going My Way?, 2011, DVD loop, box: app. 48.26 x 59.69 inches
Vanessa Oppenhoff, Film Still: Desert Break, 2005, DVD loop, box: app. 48.26 x 59.69 inches