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Mariele Neudecker - A Thousand Ghosts

Wood, paint, steel. Meadow Arts commission 2009.

A Thousand Ghosts

Meadow Arts Commission, 2009

Half emerged or half sunk, this stylized representation of a ship alludes to our history of naval battles and nautical commerce. It stands on the banks of the River Wye, which remained commercially navigable until the 1850s, when commercial traffic moved to the railways. Across the river on Castle Green the Nelson monument commemorates the battle of Trafalgar. This association with the naval power of Britain and the price that was paid for ultimate maritime power is also at the centre of A Thousand Ghosts.

In her work Bristol-based artist Mariele Neudecker explores the way we look at our surroundings and how we experience the spaces we inhabit. This leads her to turn her attention to the events and ideas that have shaped our landscape. The waterways and seas of Britain encompass a rich seam of history interspersed with stories, myths and legends. Centuries of shipbuilding have fuelled enterprise and empire, adventure and suffering, and its’ hunger for materials has shaped our landscape through deforestation

Mariele Neudecker

Mariele Neudecker lives and works in Bristol, UK and uses a broad range of media including sculpture, film, photography as well as sound. Her works have been exhibited widely internationally both in group- and solo-exhibitions. Her practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world and notion of a Contemporary Sublime. Neudecker often uses technology's virtual capabilities in order to re-produce a heightened experience of nature and landscape, thus addressing the subjective and mediated condition of any first hand encounter.

Neudecker has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain, London, the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, as well as in Biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore.

She is represented by Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, holds a Professorial position at Bath Spa University and has recently become a long-term fellow for CERN's Visiting Artists Program.

Neudecker exhibited in Tempest, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Hobart Tasmania, and amongst other projects, worked as lead artist towards The Sea, at the Ferens Art Gallery and The Hull Maritime Museum as part of Hull, City of Culture 2017, curated by Invisible Dust, London.