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2011-2017 chairman of a Brunswick art association
Braunschweig, Germany
since 2009 member of a Brunswick art association
Braunschweig, Germany
since 2009 docent at the CJD Braunschweig (Christliche
Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands e. V.), Germany
2007 Meisterschüler (master student ) under Professor
John Armleder, Meisterschüler degree (equivalent to Master of Fine Arts), Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany
2006 Diplom für Bildende Kuenste
(Fine Arts Diploma/BFA with distinction)
1997 Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig,
Germany, studied under Mara Mattuschka, Professor Lienhard von Monkiewitsch, Professor John Armleder
since 1987 living in Germany
1982-1987 Polytechnic High School, living and working in Poland
1967 born in Bytom, Poland

lives and works in Vechelde, Brunswick and in Berlin
 
Statement
My art visualizes my thoughts
No matter how universal the issue might be, I am always approaching the topic from my own point of view and I am trying to solve the problem my own way. I select the medium and material for projects after already going deep into the process of developing the art work. The starting point for this process of making art – my creative idea - could be found anywhere. Often it is the exhibition space itself that initiates an idea. In the Zonal Border-Museum Helmstedt, for example, I decided to use an original road marker to divide the space into different parts. The road marker was, of course, a symbol for the real separation of Germany into two parts. The separation happened many years ago and there are still speculations about how much of the forced isolation happened voluntary and how much was involuntary.

Born and raised in Poland, I was fascinated with sacral church architecture and I was also very familiar with the religion of Catholicism. Nowadays, being an artist, I have changed my fascination into a critical approach towards religion. I am wondering if and to which extent modern society is searching for answers within the realm of the church and religion. In connection with my church project I designed a wooden cross that holds a small wall hook in its middle. The hook is a symbol for a question mark. In 2006 another installation employed an object similar to an airport security metal detector, which contained two light bulbs. One of the light bulbs would light up when a visitor walked through the detector. The association that those two light bulbs had opposite meanings could come to mind. There are, for example, the opposites of good and evil, heaven and earth, damnation and salvation. Only I, the artist, knew the mechanism that made one or the other bulb light up...

Last but not least, a major theme in my art works is that of being a woman. As a woman artist, my own biographical background encourages me to reflect on women and their different roles in life, women in reference to children, career and body images as well as sexuality. The ambiguity of many everyday situations in the life of women inspires me and with my art work I am constantly working on new ways to respond to this aspect of life.

Sabina Kaluza
 
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