Monika Grabuschnigg investigates cultural phenomenons and reshapes them in clay. By distorting technological symbols she is telling stories of modern life, love, and angst.

In 2018, Monika Grabuschnigg was awarded the Berlin Art Prize, she’s represented by Carbon 12 and has recently exhibited at REITER Galleries in Leipzig, Brücke Museum in Berlin & Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

Her current shows ‘Dancing at the Edge of the World‘ at Sara Zanin Gallery in Rome and ‘….of bread, wine, cars, security and peace‘ at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, were both closed down because of the Corona crisis. We recommend that you check out the work online.

Monika Grabuschnigg

Courtesy of the artist & Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Photo: Michelle Mantel

What drew you to become an artist?

I never thought: “I want to be an artist,” this was too abstract for me. I wanted to paint, sculpt, make – that was it. I loved to disappear into the quietness of the canvas and my paints. For a long time, I was deeply engaged in contemporary dancing, but in the end, visual arts gave me the most satisfaction, so I enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


What inspires you?

Visiting exhibitions, conversations with friends, and lots (and lots) of reading, from fiction to philosophy to news. Being as engaged in my surroundings as I can, then having loooong walks to sort out my thoughts, that’s essential too.