Sarah Illenberger’s Uplifting Objects

Written on by jeremy
Chili Con Carne © Sarah Illenberger

Chili Con Carne © Sarah Illenberger

Sarah Illenberger is a Munich-born, Berlin-based visual communicator. Her work consistently surprises me and makes me smile. She can take two everyday objects (cabbage + dress; apple + hair) and merge them into compound creations that are utterly aberrant, yet completely perfect at the same time.

Cabbage Dress © Sarah Illenberger

Cabbage Dress © Sarah Illenberger

If you need a purse to go with that cabbage dress, try Fulvio Bonavia’s broccoli bag.

Meloncholie © Sarah Illenberger

Meloncholie © Sarah Illenberger

Illenberger’s work evolves through different states. She considers her work its “most existent” while she’s building it, but finds it “most satisfying” when it’s been photographed.

“I like to work three-dimensional with my hands. It’s a natural instinct to work with my hands; I feel there’s more freedom in working physically as opposed to working with the computer. I always feel constrained or limited when I only have the toolboxes on the right and the cursor on the left and this little field where I can express myself. I somehow need 360 degrees around me and all colors and materials around to create something.”

Sarah Illenberger would have killed it on Craft Wars

Hairy Apple © Sarah Illenberger

Hairy Apple © Sarah Illenberger

The artist wants her work to make people laugh and “uplift them”. I feel uplifted, but I can’t say the same for poor Kyle Nelson who has “chaetophobia” (or fear of hair)… Sarah Illenberger’s monograph is available here. Click through for a soft brain, a tiny green car and some video interviews.

Soft Brain © Sarah Illenberger

Soft Brain © Sarah Illenberger

Good Weather © Sarah Illenberger

Good Weather © Sarah Illenberger

Smart Car © Sarah Illenberger

Smart Car © Sarah Illenberger

Greens © Sarah Illenberger

Greens © Sarah Illenberger

 

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Interviews

  • Brutherford Industries
  • Emilio Garcia
  • Frank Kozik
  • Brian Flynn
  • Coarse Toys
  • Jason Freeny
  • FERG
  • Steff Bomb
  • Shag
  • Junko Mizuno
  • TADO
  • Godmachine
  • Mike Leavitt
  • Joseph Harmon
  • Nathan Jurevicius
  • Huck Gee
  • Double Parlour
  • Ron Hollatz
  • Skinner
  • Ryan Roberts Photography
  • Felt Mistress
  • Tristan Eaton
  • Greg Craola Simkins
  • The Toy Hunter
  • The Sucklord
  • Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters

Studio Visits

  • Doubleparlour studio visit
  • Junko Mizuno Studio Visit
  • Frank Kozik Studio Visit
  • Mark Nagata Studio Visit
  • Huck Gee Studio Visit