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Asta Gröting

Press release

Asta Gröting – Not feeling too cheerful: reclining figures, facades and more

In Asta Gröting’s manifold artistic practices, which she has developed since the mid-1980s, the artist translates sculptural thought in diverse media. Gröting inverts the lexicon of monumental sculpture to draw our attention to absence and the physical and emotional rifts between people and things. Whether addressing family members, friends, lovers, or historical figures, Gröting’s work across media seeks to cast abstract qualities such as thought, intimacy, mourning, conflict, and subjectivity. Her ongoing engagement with gaps, interior spaces, and inner organs questions the social body by taking something away from it and, in the words of writer Deborah Levy, “allows this absence to do the talking.”