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
In her practice Maria Kley aims to make human experiences and interpersonal relationships tangible. In most cases, her research results into intimate, abstract portraits. In each project, her material and methodology are specifically adapted for her subject. This explains her wide use of media; from sculpture, assemblages, large-scale spatial installations to -more recently- video. Materials are subject to very accurate investigation, both tangible as well as conceptual.
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. While sharing a passing of time, she finds and creates traces of interior life.