Saskia Krafft was born and raised among craftsmen in central Germany near Wolfsburg, a site dedicated to the world’s largest automobile manufacturing plant. As the daughter of a technical draftsman and a theater dressmaker, she was introduced early on to the unique relationship between drawing, construction, and fabrication. Saskia has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States during her studies abroad. The constant shifts in environment, movement, and loss of context inherent in traveling now inform her artistic process. Her work is also influenced by the escalation of the "refugee crisis" in Germany, bearing witness to the constant push and pull between cultures, global conflict, and displacement.
After studying Art History at the University of Hamburg, Saskia received her Bachelor of Arts from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. She has received grants from the Ditze-Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. Saskia’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Germany, Israel, and the United States.
She is currently a MFA Visual Arts candidate and Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University in New York City.
Saskia Krafft’s sculptures and site-specific installations are a synthesis of her observations and experiences collected from her travels. She is interested in questions surrounding displacement, the human subject in motion, perception of new environments and the material relationship between urban and rural geographies.
Saskia’s work envelops viewers in metal and wood installations, further provoking visual curiosity through the incorporation of mixed media such as stone, textile, printmaking, drawing, light and movement. These immersive environments ‘relocate’ the viewer to create new contexts – a sense of place that is new and unfamiliar.