In her work, Jenny Michel combines objects, drawings, texts and sound into a complex series of works addressing in a multi-faceted approach philosophical-scientific reflections and the resulting, evolving theories. Associations of historical, technical and mental fragments form a complex narration of knowledge and belief, utopia and trash.
The wall installation »Exit« joins in this narrative and ranges from the compulsive control of our society to fantasies of escape and longings for a better world. On a scaffold – made up of found wooden slats – fragments from different utopian manifestos were merged to a new text and labyrinthically laminated over the wood structure. Then evacuation and rescue plans in various layers were superimposed. Processed into an impenetrable netting by printing on Japanese paper and then cut-out, they now stretch across the wooden structure and cover now more or less the utopian dreams of their dreams.
Jenny Michel (born 1975 in Worms) studied Visual Communication and Free Arts at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, i.a. with Norbert Radermacher, Bjørn Melhus and Ursula Panhans-Bühler. Her works have been presented in exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was EHF fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2008 and was awarded the HAP-Grieshaber Prize in 2010. Her works are represented in numerous collections, including Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlinische Galerie and ERES Foundation Munich.