Vanessa von Heydebreck

In an attempt to reflect her personal Weltanschauung, the German-Canadian artist Vanessa von Heydebreck creates sculptural collages by making photographic images three-dimensional, while simultaneously flattening the function of found objects.

Her focus is the space found between the two- and three-dimensional, the space that she recognizes as a place where disorientation meets ambiguity and where loss meets opportunity. She emphasizes on the intersection that can be found in the white of the paper, in the negative spaces or the missing parts- because that which is missing is often more important than that which is visible.

Her point of departure is the investigation of one’s innermost feelings, the body that contains them, and how they relate to their surroundings. As modern society blurs prior cultural, spatial and geographical boundaries, it leaves many to experience feelings of displacement and vulnerability. The search for one’s own personal space is an existential struggle. This aspect of the human condition and her own aphorisms often dictate the results of her reconstructions. It is with a dry sense of humour and optimism that she sets out to discover the positive in the negative, the beautiful in the broken and the chance in failure.

Vanessa von Heydebreck studied Fine Arts / Painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Canada), Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). After receiving her German Diploma in Fine Arts, she completed a further year as a Master Student of Professor Hanns Schimansky. She has had exhibitions in Europe and North America, and her works can be found in private collections in Germany, Canada, and England. She currently lives and works in London, England.

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