Stephanie Rhode

Installationen im öffentlichem Raum:
Ein immer wiederkehrendes Thema in meinen Arbeiten ist das Symbol des Hauses. Seit mehreren Jahren beschäftige ich mich mit diesem Thema. Das Haus als Symbol hat eine ambivalente und vielseitige Bedeutung: Wir bauen uns Häuser und schaffen uns Raum für uns. Träumt man aber von einem Haus, so symbolisiert dies eine Rückkehr zu den Grundwerten, die man als Kind gelernt hat. Im Vordergrund steht nicht das intellektuelle Verstehen des Symbols, sondern das vertiefte Erleben der Wirklichkeit. Ein zweiter Aspekt in meinen Arbeiten ist die Wiederholung: Durch das Vervielfältigen einer einzigen Form wird diese deutlich und erkennbar. Erst in der Wiederholung versteht man oft die Schlichtheit eines Ereignisses.

ENGLISH
Installations in nature and public art
A recurring theme in my work is the symbol of a house. During the last few years I’ve been working with the theme 'House'. The explanation of the symbol ‘House’ is ambivalent and leaves room for multiple interpretations. My focus lies not in the intellectual understanding of the symbol, but in a deeper acknowledgement of underlying realities and personal meanings. For example, when one dreams about a house it may symbolize a return to the basic principles that they learnd as a child. A second aspect in my work is repetition. Only after repetition man is able to realize and understand the simplicity of a certain event.  
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Vita
Stephanie Rhode
Born 14 august 1964 in Weissenburg | Germany
Lives and works Amsterdam- Amstelveen NL
1984 Matriculation in Graphics and Design, Fachoberschule | Nuremberg DE
1984 Study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design AKI | Enschede NL
1989 Graduation Academy of Modern Art AKI | Enschede NL
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Exhibitions
Solo and Group Exhibition
2020 COBRA Museum Triennale Amstelveen NL
2019 'The Moving House' | Lima PE
2019 HOME project | Kyoto JP | Lima PE
2018 Artwork Competition | Humboldt Forum Berliner Schloss,
Kunst-am-Bau | Berlin DE
2017 Labyrinth | 24-hour Installation | Amstelveen NL
2014 Chinese European Art Center CEAC | Xiamen CN
2014 Sandhouse-project Installation | Xiamen CN
2014 Cobra Museum | Amstelveen NL
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA | Beijing CN
2012 Sunday morning | EKWC | Den Bosch NL
2012 Terra art projects | Zoetermeer NL
2011 ‘490 knitted houses, lest we forget’ Installation | DE
2010 COBRA- Museum Amstelveen Triënnale | NL
2010 ‘Firing objects’ | Antwerpen BE
2010 Terra art projects | Installation | Zoetermeer NL
2010 Museum Schokland, collectief ABK | NL
2009 Artwork competition, Geumganga | South Korea
2009 Artwork competition, Glasmuseum Frauenau | DE
2009 Pulchri Studio Den Haag | NL
2009 Symposium Natuur Kunst Drenthe | NL
2009 Pro Arte Ulmer Kunststiftung | Ulm DE
2009 Keukenhof | Lisse NL
2009 Hortus Botanicus | Amsterdam NL
2008 Sandhouse-project Installation Katwijk aan Zee/ NL
2007 Sandhouse-project | Installation | Langeoog DE
2007 COBRA- Museum | Amstelveen NL
2007 Van der Togt Museum | Amstelveen NL
2006 Hortus Botanicus | Amsterdam NL
2006 Stadtmuseum Gunzenhausen DE
2006 KunstMuseum Donauries | Wemding DE
2005 Art Fair Amsterdam Gallery Vromans NL
2004 Group-exhibition COBRA Museum | Amstelveen NL
2005 Art Fair Amsterdam Gallery Vromans | Amsterdam NL
2005 Museum of Glass Ernsting Stiftung | Coesfeld DE
2003 Art Fair Amsterdam Gallery Vromans| Amsterdam NL

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Publications
Publikationen: 
1997  Catalogus  ‘klein beeld’/ Gemeente Beemster/ NL
2003  Art.nl /magazine/ sculture nl/ NL
2004  Catalogus Gallary Vromans Amsterdam/ 25year /NL 
2004  Catalogus Museum of Glass Ernsting Stiftung Coesfeld/ DE 
2009  Pulchri Den Haag/ magazine/ non-crossovers/ NL
2009  Beelden/ magazine/ non-crossovers/ NL
2009  Cultuur Bewust/ NL
2010  Nederlands Dagblad/ NL
2010  Die Süddeutsche/ DE
2010  Nürnberger Nachrichten/ DE
2010  BR, München/ DE
2010  Burda München/ DE
2010  Jüdische Allgemeine , Berlin/ DE
2011  Women of China Federation/ CN
2011  Cataclgus/Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA, Beijing / CN
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Video
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Stephanie Rhode
490 Knitted houses, lest we forget
Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA Beijing | China
Stephanie Rhode, Installation, Textile
Installation 7x7
purple felt and porcelain One piece of art, with more than three hundred houses, on an area of approximately 400 m². The houses in each seven by seven matrix are identical. The houses in each of the nine ‘neighbourhoods’ have the same basic house form, but are made out of different materials: wood, marble, glass, galvanized iron, purple felt, corten steel, gold leaf, and clay. Rhode put down a layer of sand on the floor of the 11-story atrium. The houses were then arranged. Two big newspaper collages, in the shape of a house, give the whole installation a space filling effect. With this the shape of the installation is rebuild. A tension occurs when move yourself around the installation. Because of the way the houses are placed and the different materials that are used, light and shadows change to whole time and give the installation a constantly different variation. The house can be seen as one shape, but at the same time as a ‘whole’ were shapes smoothly flow in to each other.
Stephanie Rhode, Installation, Textile
Sandhouse-project: Stillness, Movement and Transience
A giant art project with a lifespan of 12 hours Everything in life is ephemeral, everything comes and goes, and nothing stays as it is. We live in a world where everything changes all the time, there’s nothing we can keep. It’s a process we come across daily, sometimes we are very well aware of this, and sometimes it passes by without us knowing it. By creating a huge and transient piece of art, Stephanie Rhode showed the process of coming and going, but at the same time movement and stillness. She demonstrated this in an easy, comprehensible and recognisable way. In 2007 Stephanie built three thousand houses of sand on the beach of Langeoog | Germany, 2008 in Katwijk aan Zee | The Netherlands and 2014 in Xiamen/ China. Then the tide came in and took, one by one, all the houses, until there was nothing left but an empty beach. She wanted to find out how the people react to the phenomena of transience when shown and experienced through a piece of art. Everything in life is transient, nothing is the way it was, and everything is constantly moving. Artistic representation and the underlying message are actively experienced. Transience becomes visible in striking and unforgettable way.
Stephanie Rhode, Installation, Mixed Media
Der Weg des Lernens
Film and Installation in classroom
Stephanie Rhode, Performance, Textile
Hirsch mit Hindernis
glass and wool
Stephanie Rhode, Glass, Textile
Porcelain House
porcelain house from the mold of the Installation: Sandhouse-project
Stephanie Rhode, Ceramics
490 Häuser wider das Vergessen
Installatie with 490 white kittded houses '490 Knitted houses, lest we forget' For two days the Market place of Gunzenhausen (Germany) was the centre of an installation by the Artist Stephanie Rhode from Amsterdam. 490 houses with knitted facades were set up. In a very special way, they brought back to life the memory of members of the Jewish community throughout time. Rhode mobilised numerous people from Germany and other countries to knit covers to form facades for simple miniature houses. These were set up at the market place as part of an intense operation, that lasted two days, to bring back to memory the homes of former Jewish citizens to participants and visitors alike. The installation, the knitting people as well as phrases from conversations between the artist and participants during and after the exhibition were documented and projected against a screen in pictures and quotations. The installation continues to have an effect, even after the knitted houses were taken down, because every house rested on a purposely positioned piece of gold leaf on the ground of the market place. As the remaining outlines of gold leaf, reminiscent of the houses, are wearing away in the everyday life of the market place, we are reminded that something used to be there.
Stephanie Rhode, Metal, Installation
Sandhouse-project: Stillness, Movement and Transience
3000 houses of sand at the beach from Xiamen/ China
Stephanie Rhode, Wood, Installation
Die Frau die Rosenblätter zählt
‘The woman who counts the rose petals’ Installation at the Cobra Museum Amstelveen NL Installation- performance During the performance, a young woman peels rosebuds, one by one. With much patience one rose petal after the other is removed from the roses and collected in different glass jars. On these glasses are stickers with the information about how much rose petals are in it and at which time and date they were counted. The installation changes daily. At the end of the exhibition, most glasses are filled. But some rose petals are already wilted. The installation reminds us of a factory where a stock of important things is produced. Every time the rose buds come to an end, new rosebuds are delivered and then the woman continues to count the petals. It is this repetitive action that gives it something meditative, but at the same time it is also somewhat unreal, maybe even nonsensical. The main idea behind this installation is: ’ What do we do all day long and why do we feel the need to constantly do something?’
Stephanie Rhode, Metal, Mixed Media
Survival in Bed
On a walk through the forest, you see tiny fragile white houses suspended from the trees above, then notice three oversized beds covered with a thick layer of moss that invite you for a rest. ‘Relax and enjoy your daily life’, is the message. Bed is the place of intimacy and relaxation. Bed is the place of regeneration and renewal of strength, a retreat from a world that demands so much. We live in a society where people seem to be hurrying, instead of realising what it is they are doing. Where is the balance between tension and relaxation? Above the beds, amongst the branches, 500 paper thin houses made of porcelain hang, and sway in the wind like a mobile reminiscent of childhood, where stress and worry are nowhere to be found.
Stephanie Rhode, Wood, Installation
Porcelain Tree
Why would you always show art in a gallery or museum? A tree is rooted strong en powerful in a beautifully set up garden, far away from all culture organizations. A decorated tree is nothing new; think about the Christmas tree, but houses of porcelain in an oak, in the middle of the summer in a botanical garden is something unusual. This asks the audience to think about this totally new situation.
Stephanie Rhode, Wood, Mixed Media
Labyrinth
Artwork for twinning anniversaries Amstelveen, Berlin Tempelhof-Schöneberg (Germany) & Villa El Salvador (Peru). The installation was created through the collaboration of participants from Amstelveen, Lima and Berlin. Together with Rhode they erected and built a maze in the main square of Amstelveen, which they could then walk through. This labyrinth did not have any high divisions but was designed on the floor of the square with flowers and plants. It was an art project that existed for 24 hours and visitation was therefore also possible at night. The labyrinth was made up of more than 20.000 flowers, plants and paths made of grass. After nightfall with small lights alongside its edges of the shape of the houses. People of all ages helped to create the labyrinth. The process of creation; of people walking around and the spectacle of lights was filmed and put together as a time-lapse. It was filmed from above and at the same time projected on the great facade of the art and culture theatre. The labyrinth was simultaneously visible in Villa El Salvador and Berlin Tempelhof-Schöneberg thanks to a real time livestream transmission.
Stephanie Rhode, Installation, Natural materials
Golden House
Juramarmer with goldleaf 24 karat
Stephanie Rhode, Stone


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