ABOUT

VANESSA VON HEYDEBRECK’S WORK

By deconstructing images and re-assembling them into sculptural collages, Vanessa von Heydebreck investigates one’s innermost feelings, the body that contains them and how they engage with their surroundings.

Photographic prints are bent, folded, cut or twisted, pushed or pulled into the three-dimensional with the use of dowels, armatures, stones, or human intervention. By making a material adapt to another, be it naturally or forcefully, she researches the boundaries of both the two and three dimensional. It is the space found between the two –the negative spaces, the creases, or the folds – that are most revealing: as it is not only where surface meets structure, but also where disorientation meets ambiguity and failure meets opportunity. Von Heydebreck focusses on this in relation to the body which she sees as a vessel of communication: a vessel that shows its malleability not only as a form of submission, but also as a testiment of it’s strength and resilience.

Vanessa von Heydebreck often uses natural elements in her work for their anthropomorphic qualities and combines these with found objects. She is not only interested in researching how the natural can mimic bodily gestures, but also how humans are confronted by the duality of their origins in nature and their illusion of being superior to it.  Her works are personal aphorisms on this aspect of the human condition.

Vanessa von Heydebreck is a German-Canadian visual artist who grew up in Montréal, Canada and Berlin, Germany. She studied Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Canada), the University of Tartu (Estonia) and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (Germany). After receiving her German Diploma in Fine Arts, which is equivalent to an MFA, she was invited to complete a further traditional Master Apprentice year under Professor, Hanns Schimansky. She has had exhibitions in Berlin, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Wrocław & Vienna. She moved to the UK for a studio residency at the Florence Trust in 2015 and is currently also the Artist Development Coordinator of the LCN Programme at SPACE Studios in London.