The visual language of Sarah Illenberger creates vivid, often humorous images that make stories come to life. Meticulously created at the intersection of photography, art and graphic design with analog handicraft and using everyday items, her richy detailed work opens up new perspectives on the seemingly familiar.
Berlin based artist Sarah Illenberger was recently asked to decorate ten Hermes shop windows for the city’s prominent KaWeDe department store .
“Defining one category for all the work of Sarah Illenberger is no easy task.The forms the visual translations of her themes assume are far too diverse.What initially sounds quite abstract, in reality, is mostly practical in that her creations are not generated ona computer but rather by meticulous handwork, sometimes incorporating the most mundane materials.A story about love-sickness is visualised through an embroidered design. Variously coloured tablets are used to compose portraits for a magazine. And in Sarahʼs hands, beauty products are given new life by being transformed into tourist landmarks. Whatever she creates, it is done with a humorous touch and a great love for detail. Each assignment leads to a unique work of art, sometimes visually enhancing the content of a feature, sometimes to be considered a work in its own right. In her Berlin studio, Sarah Illenberger develops concepts for editorial as well as commercial clients. She mostly works alone, but occasionally teams up with a photographer.”
Sarah Illenberger is represented by Thierry Kauffmann