Roswitha Berger-Gentsch

Conical Neck Vessel, 2012

Waste cartons (Lidl, Aldi & co.), contact glue, H 31 cm, W 40 cm
Series of Antique Pots
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

Corrugated card, in single, double or triple layers, taken primarily from waste cardboard boxes from discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi, are cut into rings with very thin edges and then glued together in layers. Depending on how this is then used in the finished amphora, the edges can be continuously straight, slanting or just slightly angular. But always very precise. This work is done by hand, to exact measurements, with a great deal of patience. Over weeks and months. The result: a Roman-Germanic Federal-Republican. Completely unique.

Roswitha Berger-Gentsch studied graphic design at the German Master School for Fashion and at the Graphic Academy Munich, Germany. Her art objects are based on liberating waste packaging, dispensers from discount stores and industrial packaging from their predeter¬mined designs and then creating new shapes and forms with them. She merges the short-termism of packaging at discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi with the constant forms of ancient pots. This raises questions of appreciation and ennoblement, and is a form of active midwifery.

Roswitha Berger-Gentsch: Conical Neck Vessel, 2012; photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
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