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Fine Art Print, Edition 10, 2020. Ephemera shows a sculpture in a transient intermediate stage. A freely formed framework of wood serves to hold paint, spatula, and various materials such as textiles, foils, chains, and so on. On the one hand, these refer to the work in the studio, for example, worn work gloves, but also material samples with cement or discarded models can be found. On the other hand, Ephemera shows a presentation: the wooden sculpture is decorated and alienated for its appearance. The aspect of humanization also plays a role: parts of a wig, a glittering T-shirt, or even a silver dancing duster are incorporated into the sculpture. The sculpture is placed in front of a black background, rotated around itself once and photographed in the process. Afterwards, the props are removed again and the surface of the sculpture is covered with wire and mortar. Ephemera passes into a new stage.
Katja Windau (* 1972) studied art in the sculpture class with Wiebke Siem at the HFBK in Hamburg. Since graduating in 2007, she has taken part in numerous exhibitions and is also involved in curatorial projects. The artist directs her particular interest in social contexts in which structures shaped by apparatuses of power or sexism are revealed. Current events are incorporated in the form of text or picture quotations. The materials she uses are versatile and are combined in a creative way. In her work she uses different media such as sculpture, installation and performance and likes to move between genre boundaries. Katja Windau's works are often inspired by literary models, for example the series Der Apparat refers to a play by Jean Genet (The Balcony). The play, which is set in a brothel, deals with basic questions of human existence and in particular questions the relationship between reality and the role of the individual within the social machinery surrounding him.
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