'KLARA BARBARA I, 2018, video still, 18'00"
polyurethane foam, wood
59 x 53 x 48 cm
TAKAKO part I, 2017
silk thread, bamboo, glue, Indian ink
93.5 x 38.5 x 11.5 cm
TAKAKO part II, 2017
hand dyed silk thread, bamboo, glue
128 x 38.5 x 14.5 cm
Born Tokyo (JP), 1981
Maria Kley’s work deals with human existence. She aims to make human experiences and interpersonal relationships tangible and explores ways to share a passage of time. In most cases, her research results into intimate, abstract portraits.
Interaction and in-dept conversations between the subject and the artist, observations and sampling relevant sites such as living environment, are part of her research process. Kley deliberately makes room for her subject to participate in the process of making. Together with her subjects she finds traces of both highly personal and universal nature.
In each project, her material and methodology are specifically adapted for her subject. This explains her wide use of media; from sculpture, assemblages, print, to large-scale spatial installations. Materials are subject to very accurate investigation, both tangible as well as conceptual.