Black Knight - Monika Radhoff-Troll
Folly & Muse
Artist: Monika Radhoff-Troll
Size: 60 x 60 cm
Medium: Plastic in Acrylic Box
Monika Radhoff-Troll uses various kinds of plastics as her material of choice, cutting them into small stripes and fitting them together in a new manner. Bags from The New York Times, Monopol (German art magazine) or Washington Post are elaborately knotted by hand and changed into a contemporary kind of tapestry or pillow. In gorgeous colorful or monochrome shades, the former plastic bags become new, sensuously tangible objects, whose commercial origin is rarely identified. Former commercial prints or logos are decoded and fragmented in such a manner, that we recognize their original messages only on second glance.
Regarding the contradiction of form and content, Monika Radhoff-Troll invites us to reflect. How is it possible, that something detrimental to nature can be aesthetically pleasing? How can artificial plastic appear so soft and organic? How can a material, former used for commerce, change into an art object? Such questions, keep the viewer occupied in a subtle and playful way but does not let them go quickly as these installations leave a deeply serious impression.