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Katja Colling


fishing for compliments   Wed May 27th - Sat July 4th  2015

pfauenblau mit mokka      Wed Oct 6th - Sat Dec 15th 2013


Katja Collings works arise from the stylistic language of the art- and commerce world as well as from pop culture and everyday life.
She transports her contents through a variety of media. One can find soft drawings next to colorful paintings but also collages and more and more textile art. Consistently she adds writings to her artworks, which reminds of aphorisms or slogans.
At the first sight those artworks look soft and playful, but closely looked at they show us a cruel and sarcastic world. Nevertheless, within such heavy themes there are often humoristic elements hidden, but never without allowing a grave connotation.

Studium an der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe


Meisterschülerin bei Prof. Helmut Dorner




fishing for compliments . mitart gallery Basel


pfauenblau mit mokka, mitart gallery Basel


Sol LeWitt Loves Pancakes, Zip, Basel


Regionale 13, Kunst Raum Riehen Schweiz


Regionale 13, Projektraum M54, Basel Schweiz

Regionale 13, Städtische Galerie Stapflehus

Graduierten Ausstellung, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe

Top 12, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe

Sommerausstellung, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe

7 x 8, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe

Unwissenheit schützt nicht vor Karriere, Handfall Orgelfabrik Durlach


Anpassungsstörung 2011, Diplomausstellung, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe

Gruppenausstellung „Papierarbeiten“, Mucha Raum, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe

Faschisten Remmidemmi, Mucha Raum, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe


Europäische Kulturhauptstadt Pècs 2010 NÁDOR GALÉRIA und Pécsi Galéria, Ungarn, Pécs

Camillo-Michele-Gloria-Preis, GVS-Förderung Junge Künstler, Stuttgart

Artsafari, Gotec Karlsruhe (Einzelausstellung)


Kleines Format, Kunsttransit Karlsruhe

Page One, Mucha Raum, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe



Katja Colling’s artworks are far away from dogmatic patterns or systems. She is creating paintings, textile art, sculptures, photos, objet trouvés and sometimes movies and sound installations. Because of that variety, it is difficult to classify her work, which does not follow one style or one direction. The radical openness of her art is an artistic value by itself; her works show freshness without restriction.
Within her paintings she mixes variations of geometrical and informal art. Additionally she confronts formal elements with a striking manual use of material. For example, she produces fabrics with a knitting machine to paint on or she sews the knitted fabrics on the painted surface.
She gives these self-made fabrics various treatments, such as to dye them in a traditional way, but also to spray and to paint on them. The results are complex buildups of fabrics combined with oil, acrylic, and spray paint, which gives her works his special look.


Bitter – Sweet . One repeating motive of Katja Colling’s work is the bipolarity of things. Is it true, that we all are male and female, good and bad, hart and soft, young and old, strong and weak and so on at the same time?
Could the most merciful person do the most cruel things? Is it all a question of the assumption? The work “Ich würde es auch tun/ I would also do it” deals with this question. Who would do this extreme pervert act and eat its own children? Such as Saturn does at Goya’s masterpiece “Saturn Devouring One of His Children”. Would you do it?
Here the artist plays a beloved game with the recipient. The artwork allures with its seemingly harmless and cute appearance – pink fabric, watercolored linen, lovingly embroidered with a German writing saying “Ich würde es auch tun” which means “I would also do it”. Nevertheless the work transports one hard and terrifying content.
A similar game plays the work “hope”. From a distance you see a lovely snow dome with a sparkling, crochet base. Closely looked at, the snow dome reveals its strange content as a knotted used condom.
Another example for the closeness of two polar things shows the work “ever – never”. This work consists of two pieces. One saying “ich will immer” meaning “I always want”, the other saying “ich will nimmer” meaning “I never want”. Both pieces look quite similar. Both arise from the same workmanship and carry the same colors. There is only one letter different. Due to that fact, their complete content is switched to polar things.
Further, this work contains a humoristic level.
Besides of the heavy themes there is often a humoristic element hidden in the works. You can also find that joyful union of art and humor in the work “Moni” or likewise in the work “first of all comes the head”, but never without allowing an abysmal connotation.
Other important elements of Katja Colling’s work are comments. One often can read her artworks as a kind of comment - such as the work “faster”. This work is about time and the impatient dealing with it.
Most of the time, the comments are about everyday life. Hereby the artist tries to translate intimate affairs into general items and give them an aesthetic appearance. By using this stylistic feature Katja Colling works intuitively and playfully until the things found their corresponding aesthetic form.