Entanglements: Ulrike Palmbach Works on Paper

April 1 - May 15, 2016

Ulrike Palmbach’s two-dimensional works aim to trace the ephemeral sensation of moving through physical and psychological space. Subtle lines, created through a process of rubbing powder graphite on paper and then erasing it, evoke the delicate filaments of spiders webs, or can take on the appearance of an impenetrable thicket. It is through this process of accumulation and layering, that her works become a tangle of intersecting planes which seem to recede and reappear in an almost playful manner. Her own meanderings, through natural and urban environments, are corporeally mapped out in her smaller works. These personal memories of movement are translated into transitional landscapes which conjure an emotional and pensive realm.

Ulrike Palmbach was born in Sindelfingen, Germany and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989. Palmbach is best known for creating uncanny, psychologically charged sculptures using soft materials such as muslin, cotton, thread and carved wood as well as intricately detailed graphite, ink and watercolor works on paper.