*1975, lives and works in Zurich

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personal statement

I am drawn to the idea of objects having a soul – one that can be traced by examining the usage and the mere presence of an object in time and space. In my work, I place these traced materials and (often everyday) items out of context, playing with their tactility and symbolism in order to create a new narrative. Through specific compositions and orchestrations my objects are (re)assembled into artworks.

Although my work includes media such as photography, drawings and other works on paper, my focus lies on my objects and installations. I am interested in experimenting with opposing characteristics, setting them in direct confrontation. It is on the boundaries or borders where differences or similarities become visible and thus stir thoughts and ideas. For instance my work ‘A string of straddled scissors’ is made up of scissors, all straddled, tied together, end to end, forming a long chain or string. The beginning (or the end) of the string is fastened to a hook on the ceiling, allowing the chain to dangle down to the floor, trailing its way through space.

While ‘A string of straddled scissors’ may trigger thoughts on femininity and womanhood it also brings up matters and issues of borders and boundaries. Contradictions are brought to the surface – such as the awareness that without limitations we wouldn’t know what freedom is. The straddling scissors seem to be in conflict with themselves. Lying there on a string (open and straddled) they appear to be on the verge of cutting themselves loose into freedom; or rather into isolation? Inclusion or exclusion? Limitation or liberation? It is often at their edge where things become distinct; where sweet is distinguished from sour, soft from solid, old from new.

It is exploring such boundaries and playing with the characteristics and “personality” of materials and objects within time and space – theoretically and physically – which lies at the core of my practice.     Martina von Meyenburg




Museum of The Unwanted’ (an artist curated project by Clare Goodwin), group show, Im Waldhuus, Zurich, Switzerland

‘UNTERTAGE im Waldhuus’, group show, best of visarte zurich, Waldhuus, Zurich, Switzerland

‘LONDON meets ALTDORF’, group show, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland

‘Alles zur Zeit. Über den Takt, der unser Leben bestimmt’, group show, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland


‘Of Teapots and Other Matters’, solo show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland

‘PING POM’, performance collaboration with Mizzo, Manifesta 11 / Cabaret der Künstler, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland

‘Dall’altra parte’, group show, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland


‘The Dipping Game’, solo show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland


‘Bang! Bang! Tatort Kunst’, group show, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland

ZKB-Lounge, solo show, Kunst Zürich 12, Zurich, Switzerland


‘Gabi Hamm / Martina von Meyenburg’, double show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland


‘Escaping Reality’ – Screens, installation (with acoustics by Martin Andersson), Malzfabrik, District Kunstförderung GmbH, Berlin, Germany

‘Location 1.5 – Martina von Meyenburg/Issa Salliander’, double show, Cullen Art Services, Zurich, Switzerland


‘Location 1 – Martina von Meyenburg/Issa Salliander’, double show, Cullen Art Services, London, UK

‘Escaping Reality’ – Screens, BolteLang Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


Designersblock Milano 2.0/08, Milan, Italy


Handled with Care, group show, Designboom, London, UK



2004 – 2007

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK, BA – with istinction in Arts,  Design and Environment; Pathway: Artefact

2003 – 2004

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK, Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design

1995 – 2001

University of St.Gallen – Graduate School of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences, St.Gallen, Switzerland, BA&MA/Lic.oec.HSG in Business Administration – Marketing