Former Studio Artist from April 2017 – April 2018
Alexandra Baumgartner, born in 1973 in Salzburg, lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.
She studied from 1994 to 1998 at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, from 1998 to 2000 at the Photography College, Grafische Lehranstalt Vienna and from 2000 to 2004 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
The starting material for Alexandra Baumgartner’s works are anonymous photographs and magazine clippings. By re-arranging these found templates and objects, the artist creates a new context and alters their original statement or content, which is not particularly important to her. She rather tries to filter a certain emotional state as well as a new thematic and/or formal context. Thus, subconscious tones play an important role for Baumgartner: by adapting and re-arranging the starting material with interventions such as retouching, overpainting, burn marks, sewing thread, she senses premonitions and explores absurd, disturbing moments and moods.