1974 · Italy
Esther Stocker’s characteristic Knitterskulpturen (Creased Sculptures) are geometric patterns printed on aluminum-coated sheets of paper in black and white. By creasing and folding these sheets, Stocker turns them into objects which seek to fold and distort the ordered space so as to break with the strict geometry imposed by modernist forms. Stocker believes that behind each chaos is always a sense of order.
She is interested in complex visual systems, which follow along grids. Disorder or optical fractures within such geometric order systems form an important element in Stocker’s oeuvre. A recurring concept in her paintings, installation works and spatial interventions is her use of a black and white scheme.
Born in South Tyrol, Italy in 1974, Stocker studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her works have been widely exhibited in solo and group shows internationally. Stocker lives and works in Vienna.