Julia Bornefeld works in thematic cycles and varies a wide variety of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations as well as music, videos and actions with a performative character in order to explore selected topics.
The shown work “Untitled” is part of a series of works created from 2002 onwards, which deals with the subject of skin and cover. Steel structures covered with fabrics, resembling parts of women’s bodies and femininity metaphors from nature (shells, jellyfish,…) are central works of this series. On canvas or paper painted stockings, underwear or lady`s shoes complement the three-dimensional objects with conventional female body covers that exude existential clarity beyond fashionable conventions.
As heiress to the women’s movement of the 60s and 70s, Julia Bornefeld is aware of the social relevance of questions of gender construction and tests possibilities of active change and transformation in her works with the strategy of transformation.
Born 1963 in Kiel, Germany; lives and works in Bruneck and Berlin.
1984-89 Study of painting at the University of Applied Sciences for Design, Kiel.
1986-87 Guest study at the Accademia delle Belle Arti Venezia (Emilio Vedova) and at the Akademia Likovna Umjetnost, Ljubljana.
Various awards, such as the 2017 Award OTTELLA for GAM (Seconda edizione del Premio Arte Contemporanea per la Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti).
Museion, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano; Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck; Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck & Vienna; Art Magazine, Steirischer Herbst, Bruck an der Mur; Kunsthaus Graz; Galerie Marie-José van de Loo, Munich; Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin; Galerie Paul Hafner, St. Gallen; Galerie Parade Amsterdam; Lio Malca Fine Art Gallery, New York.
Museumsquartier Wien; Scuderie Aldobrandini per l’arte, Frascati (Roma); Triennale di Milano; Hordaland Kunstnersentrum, Bergen/Norway; Works on paper Gallery, Philadelphia; Artcore Gallery, Toronto; Anna Achmatova-Museum, St. Petersburg; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Various.