My installations deal with consciousness and the boundaries of human perception. They challenge the perception of the viewer, in particular the act of seeing and the sense of space.
Through the exploration of light and space as a conceptual, material and aesthetic phenomenon, I question the position of the viewer in this world.
I work with the structure of a given site and create sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed. Often the space surrounding my work is an essential part of the concept and becomes equally important as the piece itself. Therefore my installations relate to the chosen site, they are site-dependent.
By demanding active participation of the viewers, their reaction to my work becomes part of it and completes it.
Artist Bio / CV
Monika Goetz studied Kommunikationsdesign at the FH Würzburg and Fine Arts at the Art Academy of Kassel, Germany. She has received grants from the City of Kassel and the Cultural Council of Germany. A grant from the DAAD brought Goetz to the United States, where she has participated in the Artists in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of Arts and received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, Cowles Charitable Foundation and the American Center Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Art Omi International Arts Center, LMCC's 120 Broadway/ workspace program and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been exhibited internationally, e.g. at the 5th Gwangju Biennal in South Korea, P.S.1/MoMA, the Sculpture Center and the Queens Museum of Art.
Goetz’s work explores consciousness and the boundaries of human perception. Whether by creating new environments or intervening in already existing spaces, her work questions and challenges the perceptions of the viewer, of one’s sense of space and the act of seeing itself.
In 2005 Goetz moved to Berlin, where she currently lives and works.