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Juliane Laitzsch

Unendlichkeit in kleinen Fetzen – Mittelalterliche Seidenstoffe im Zentrum komplexer Raum-Zeit Gewebe

This drawing research work deals with the relationship between ornament, space and time. The work is based on a group of liturgical vestments from the 13th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, numerous fragments were separated from these vestments and applied to the art-market. Today, the sections are distributed among 21 collections around the world, while the preserved remains of the vestments show corresponding deficiencies. Some of the individual fragments have quite crazy shapes and hardly suggest that they were cut with scissors. The first work step deals with the present appearance of the individual and isolated fabric fragments. The different outlines are put in relation to the internal drawing of the fabrics, a constant, continuous ornament. The second work step begins with a research and explores the current surroundings of the individual pieces of fabric. The isolated fragments are now in very different collections with very different focuses. Interesting are the associated shifts in meaning. Cartographic drawings are planned to illustrate this aspect. The work is based on a research and restoration project by Mrs. Flury-Lemberg (Abegg Foundation, Riggisberg Switzerland).

Juliane Laitzsch was born in 1964 in Nuremberg and now lives and works in Berlin. She studied sculpture at the University of the Arts Bremen and at the Berlin University of the Arts. Starting from the seemingly simple question "Where does something begin and how does it end?", she has first dealt with interspaces and transitions and then intensively with the ornament in her work.