Herford, Germany, 1961
Lives and works in Berlin. Studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1981-86). Since 2009, she is professor appointed for life, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany.
Among the most recent group shows: und Touch, After The Butcher, Berlin, Germany; This is a Voice, Wellcome Trust, London, UK; Höhenrausch – Engel und Doppelgänger, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria.
Gröting speaks of Beuys as a major influence, and her interest in human interaction is felt throughout some of her projects. Much of her work attempts to illustrate not only the invisible parts of the human body, but also the ways in which the invisible connects with the visible. To this end she has used a wide range of media, always finding entirely new means to express a given situation. These include materials such as pearls and polystyrene, bronze and rubber, as well as motors which make the sculptures move and turn.
In the late 1990s Gröting began making films and over the subsequent decade worked with internationally acclaimed ventriloquists to make a series called The Inner Voice.
Recent works, including “Acker” [Soil], “Kartoffeln” [Potatoes] and “Feuerstelle” [Fireplace], return the viewer to the basic conditions necessary for human survival: earth, food and warmth. Most of her works represent the two sides of one concern: how to understand our relationship with others and with ourselves.
Asta Gröting is represented on several public collection in Germany, Austria, USA, France, Turkey, Spain, Sweden and Belgium.