Monika Debus * 1961 in Germany
The artistic ceramic works of Monika Debus moves silently between abstraction and representation while balancing on the cusp of painting. Their primary strength lies in a basic universal vocabulary. Combinations of simple forms, spontaneously painted with elementary signs which evoke a multitude of associations as individual entities. The new pieces, in which she uses fine graphical structures reminiscent of pencil drawings on paper, exude a similar subtle power. A special saltglaze finish gives the surface of the works a subtle depth which enhances their originality as well as their mystical aura.The pieces unveil a private cosmos to the viewer while remaining reminders of instinctive bodily movements.
since 1993 workshop in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, since 1994 member of Keramikgruppe Grenzhausen, since 2005 member of IAC, 2005 artist in residence, Ceramic museum Taipai, Taiwan. since 2007 member of „Gruppe 83“. 2007 selected artist for german residency of Flicam, Fuping, China.
exhibitions in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, Belgium ,USA, Japan, Taiwan, China, Italy
1st prize Kunst am Bau, Speicher, special prize „saltglaze“, HWK Koblenz. Judge´s Prize, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei. Westerwaldpreis- Prize for saltglazed stoneware and porcelain. 2014. Honourable Mention, Ceramic competition in Mino, Japan.
Work in museums and privat collections
collection, county Rheinland-Pfalz
1997 collection Nass.Sparkasse, Wiesbaden
- Lotte-Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim
- Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
2004 Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen
Landesmuseum Landshut, collection Rudolf Strasser
Taipei Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2005 Ceramic Museum Mino, Japan
2006 Emslandmuseum, Schloß Clemeswerth, Sögel
2011 Neue Pinakothek Munich, New Collection
2014 Ceramic Museum, Mino,Japan