Biography of Jorinde Voigt
Likening her work more to musical notations rather than classical drawings, Jorinde Voigt sees and processes the world in systems, patterns, and movements, resulting in complex lyrical compositions and pictorial spaces. Each work is meticulously annotated with words, phrases, and thoughts by the artist and delicately adorned with gold or silver leaf by hand in the manner of a medieval book illustrator.
With an academic background in philosophy and modern German literature, Jorinde Voigt draws inspiration from thinkers and authors, often articulating her response to a single book or essay in an entire series of works, such as in Piece for Words and Views, where she turns to Roland Barthes’s A Lover's Discourse to produce a total of 36 drawings. These works center around single words selected from the text and are rendered in Jorinde Voigt’s characteristically dense visual language—hieroglyphs for the contemporary times. This style allows her to turn complex ideas into a readable visual composition. While her earlier work was focused on external scientific phenomena, her later pieces deal more exclusively with mental images and imaginary worlds. “My work is like music,” she says simply, “You can enjoy it without being able to read the score.”
Born in 1977 in Frankfurt am Main, Jorinde Voigt lives and works in Berlin. She has exhibited widely in Europe and North America, including the Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, the MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and König Galerie in Berlin. She also participated in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Jorinde Voigt's work can be found in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, amongst others. She is the 2012 winner of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Drawing Prize and has been a Professor for Conceptual Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, since 2014.