Rosemarie Trockel

Biography of Rosemarie Trockel

Known for her signature "knitting pictures", Rosemarie Trockel (born 1952 in Schwerte, DE) is a German conceptual artist whose works repeatedly draw on themes of sexuality and feminism through which she criticizes the contemporary art scene. The artist rose to prominence in the 1980s as a result of her signature with a body of work includes objects, plastics, video works, and installations, as well as drawings. Trockel's works regularly generate controversy, such as her installation Haus für Menschen und Schweine (A House for Pigs and People) realized together with Carsten Höller at documenta 10 in Kassel, which caused a scandal in 1997.


The artist Rosemarie Trockel is constantly experimenting with new mediums and styles. In addition to her originals, Trockel has produced editions in the form of drawings, silkscreen prints, and print graphics. These print graphics appear partly collage-like, partly photo-realistic. A great example is the digital print Replace Me, 2011 based on the scandalous painting L'Origine du monde, 1866 by Gustave Courbet. In this manner, the artist succeeds in transferring the plasticity of her subjects into a two-dimensional medium. Trockel currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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