Mariele Neudecker is an artist working in installation and sculpture. Born in Germany, she now lives and works in Bristol. Her work is like a blend of chemistry and fantasy. She submerges her sculptures in large aquariums, which she calls her ‘Tank Works,’ and they seem like 3-Dimensional realisations of paintings.
Neudecker’s work is contemporary, experimental, and surreal. She creates her sculptures out of fibreglass, and submerges them in water. Like an alchemist, she pours certain solutions into the tanks to see how the various liquids interact with each other to create each piece’s ‘atmosphere.’ Ideas of nature are present, as are ideas of alchemy and science. They are also explorations of perspective and 3-D space – the water makes the sculptures appear distorted and 2-D at times.
The sculptures come in groups, and are presented on plinths. This makes them appear as if on display in a museum, suggesting they are like scientific specimens. They have an atmosphere of natural beauty – although on a small scale and submerged in tanks, Neudecker’s work has the appearance of being a huge landscape.
Neudecker’s work is relevant to my practice because in Spring I have begun working with sculpture, and am looking for ways to give my work more depth and presence. I find microcosms of larger worlds fascinating, so I really appreciate Neudecker’s work.
I have learned that the context in which sculpture is placed is very important. Neudecker’s pieces may not work as well if they were displayed in air – by submerging them in water, she opens up whole new aspects and ideas.