From our friends at Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you a look at the work of artist Katharina Fritsch, whose giant blue rooster Hahn/Cock (2013) was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, earlier this year. Though Fritsch’s work is often quite funny, author Pauli Ochi notes: “Fritsch’s sculpture is also deeply unnerving.” This article was originally published on
Katharina Fritsch is a German-born artist who transforms quotidian objects and mundane figures into something new. Using manipulation of scale and color along with repetition, Fritsch’s sculptures are usually hand-molded, cast in plaster, reworked, and then cast again in polyester. Her time-consuming process creates results that are uncanny and strange.
Interested in psychology and the expectations of visitors to a museum, Fritsch’s work appeals both to the popular imagination and a more conceptual thought process. One of Fritsch’s most popular works, Rattenkönig/Rat King (1993), a circle of black polyester rats that stand 12 feet tall, was included in the 1999 Venice Biennale. Both funny and frightening at the same time, works such as Rattenkönig/Rat King border on reality and illusion. Much of Fritsch’s work has an unsettling, often religious association that is deeply psychological. Fritch’s sculptures tug at our deepest fears and most vivid dreams.