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Art HERstory: Rosemarie Trockel


Art HERstory: Rosemarie Trockel

Art HERstory: Rosemarie Trockel

Every once in a while I run across an artist whose work I love, but they are like a shadow in history. While on my daily blog reading spree I ran across a German artist with work I didn’t quite understand, but still intrigued me nonetheless. Rosemarie Trockel’s (1952 – ) story is so much like mine its scary.

'Sleeping Pill' (1999). This image is a still from the film 'Sleeping Pill.' The two persons in the relaxation bubbles are supposed to be living illustrations of exhausted, powerless lovers. Creative huh?

'Sleeping Pill' (1999). This image is a still from the film 'Sleeping Pill.' The two persons in the relaxation bubbles are supposed to be living illustrations of exhausted, powerless lovers. Creative huh?

At the age of 18 Rosemarie entered college with the hopes of becoming a teacher. I had the same ambitious goal in mind when I entered college. Our young Rose had a quad-concentration. She studied anthropology, sociology, theology, and math from 1970-1978. The girl’s workload was no joke!

'Time Landscape' (2008). Don't quite get it, but its beautiful.

'Time Landscape' (2008). Don't quite get it, but its beautiful.

As every college student does, Rosemarie had a change of heart. She shifted from the objective and began to study painting at the Kölner Werkschulen in Cologne, Germany. Less than five years after changing her focus, Rose held her first solo exhibitions. Her work was well received because of its focus on contemporary concerns, especially gender dynamics.

'Menopausa' (2001). Sketching is where it all began for Rose. You can tell her love for art wasn't a mistake.

'Menopausa' (2001). Sketching is where it all began for Rose. You can tell her love for art wasn't a mistake.

The rest is history. Rosemarie continues to create from her home in Cologne. She even finally reached her initial goal of becoming a teacher. She’s an instructor Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, an art academy in Germany.

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