Growing up in a rural area near the world’s largest automobile plant, Saskia Krafft witnessed the forces that transform raw materials into consumer products. The land and the people that live in it are solely dedicated to agriculture and commercial use. Every aspect of this landscape is used in the service of exploitation and profit.
Her projects originate from field trips to oftentimes remote sites. She engages with them through drawing, performance, and video as a means of locating herself within a material, natural, and global landscape. She is interested in questions surrounding human's impact on ecosystems, the complexity of the anthropogenic era, and the material relationship between urban and rural geographies.
She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University as a LeRoy Neiman Fellow and German Fulbright Scholar.
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.