Born Tokyo (JP), 1981
Maria Kley searches for ways to make interpersonal relationships tangible. Through a meticulous process she translates people, place, and time into the most appropriate form – be that sculpture, installation, performance, print, or video. Kley has a background in fashion design, a discipline through which she materialised the inner world of human beings. In her current practice she materialises connection and affection by actively searching for the thoughts, emotions, and biographies of her close family and friends, as well as of people she merely meets through serendipity. This exchange of both verbalised and unspoken mutual communication then takes physical form in a process that she opens up to participation and external involvement. The resulting tactile works are both intimate and abstract.
'KLARA BARBARA I, 2018, video, 18'50" (video still)
Klara Barbara II, 2018 104 layers of silk 40 x 29 x 16 cm | photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Klara Barbara III, 2018
silk, thread, iron
295 x 65 x 22 cm
| photo: Job Janssen
Rheinfahrt (Klara Barbara), 2018
pencil on silk, hahnemühle print, wooden box, nails
29.5 x 21 x 3 cm | photo: Job Janssen
Recently, Kley has become interested in group dynamics. She has focused on the residency as a model: a collective of individuals who all pursue their personal goals, but also have the primal need for social contact. She perceives this environment as a biotope, characterized by many different interacting elements that together form a lively community. This forms the basis of Kley’s search for an object and form that could adequately express this situation – and which could become an embodiment and translation of shared space, time, and interaction.