Petrol on the Curtain: Open studios in Halberstadt, 19-20 September

Join ilka Leukefeld for this Open Studios weekend

ilka Leukefeld is taking part in the Open Studios weekend 19-20 September 2020 (11am-6pm) in Halberstadt. You are cordially invited to view her new work at:

Atelier ilka Leukefeld,
Alte Schlosserei. Am Kloster 1
38820 Halberstadt

Click here for details of exhibition sites and of the participating members of the artists association, BBK Saxony-Anhalt.

Petrol on the Curtain – Issues can be reworked, dropped, or restricted

Behemoth by ilka Leukefeld

Leukefeld draws on three sources for her latest large-scale sculptural installation. Two mythological Babylonian creatures – Behemoth, symbolising the masculine and the earth, and Leviathan the feminine and the depths of the ocean – represent chaotic turbulence (a theme that often reapears in Leukefeld’s work); and the novel, Master and Margaritha, by Mikhail Bulgakov. Like him, Leukefeld interweaves mysticism with real-time experiences. In her ironic signature style, she examines pathological constraints of humanity and degenerate state systems.

Her tom-cat Behemoth, in Bulgakov’s book a journeyman of the devil wreaking havoc in 1920s Moscow, also holds a Browning pistol in his paw while swinging of the chandelier, but the text: ‘I am unable to grasp why I am treated so brusquely…’, in Leukefeld’s creation, refers to her own, current situation as an artist during the 2020 coronavirus crisis.

Size: 250 x 300 x 300 cm. Material: two sculptures made of newspaper, wire and paint; porcelain chandelier (ceiling-hung) and a golden stucco-picture frame (wall-hung).