Ulrike Kessl

Born 1962 in Rottweil, Germany. Lives and works in Düssel­dorf, Germany.


Nylons in space

Colored nylon pantyhose

Nylons in Space is a spatial structure made of pantyhose modules connected between walls and expanding in many directions. The space is thus divided into different units, which are accentuated by the different color combinations.

Artist Statement

In my work I explore the physical properties of the material. By stretching and heat molding it, I make acting forces such as pressure, stress, strain or material fatigue visible. The specific features of the pantyhose, such as form, level of transparency, color and patterns, which are intended for fashion and body contour, are re-interpreted in this context.

Garments are part of everyday life. Everyone associates them with the human body, either their own or others’. I am interested in exploring this part of everyday life and presenting it culturally, as charged materials in unexpected contexts. Thus, I want to engage the visitors in questioning their own perceptions of garments in this new context.

Using material from the private room in the public space, my work tends to also address the ever-changing relationship between the private and the public.