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1968 Born in Jena/Thüringen
1986 Earned a Diploma in fashion design at VEB Kleiderwerken Jena, East Germany
1995 Earned a Diploma in fashion design and engineering at the FHTW Berlin
1996 Moved to Cologne, first solo exhibitions
2003 Moved to Berlin, artworks incorporating various materials.
2007 Several coordinated art shows and large exhibitions with Jan M. Petersen
2009 Moved to a new studio in Berlin with atelier and woodworking capabilities.
Since 2009 Kati Elm has exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles, Seattle and New York, and continues to exhibit at various galleries in Germany and Switzerland as well as Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles.
Kati Elm is inspired by reminders of past decades. She often uses graphics from recycled print materials from the 1930 to 1960s, such as advertisements, East German school books as well as comic books, recycled magazines, children’s story books and fairy tales. She gives these historic references a new life, creating artworks that interveave history and makes them relevant today.
Kati Elm operates her own workshop and atelier in Berlin, Germany. Kati creates each artwork from scratch, starting out by cutting the wood and assembling it. An individual and unique personality and soul is crafted into each artwork with the application of imagery and acrylic paint.
Elm’s work is influenced by her experience in fashion, tailoring, fabrics and design. Her artworks express her critical view of fashion and consumption and how the two are often inseparable.
Her creative career began in the world of fashion and fabric design. She experimented with her own ideas and tailored them into reality, but wasn’t satisfied with the limitations in this field. Her urge to more freedom in expressing her creativity led to painting, drawing and finally realizing that small format wood artworks would be her preferred medium, reflecting what moves and touches her.
Kati playfully, and with carefree abandon, creates her artworks by using different sources and the combinations of tradition and the current zeitgeist. The artworks transcend time and make us understand with a bit of humor the times we live in now. The result of these components is a colorful, striking, timeless imagery which is designed to provide the viewer stimulation, expansion, as well as intense amusement.
This artwork is ready to hang. It can also be placed on a shelf, desk, counter or table. A certificate of authenticity is include.
Signature: Signed on back