Kati Elm is inspired by reminders of past decades. She often uses graphics from recycled print materials from the 1930s to 1960s, such as advertisements, East German school books, comic books, recycled magazines, children’s story books and fairy tales. She gives these historic references a new life, creating artworks that interweave history and make it relevant today.
Kati Elm operates her own workshop and atelier in Berlin, Germany. Elm creates each artwork from scratch, starting out by cutting the wood and assembling it. An individual and unique personality and soul is crafted into each artwork with the application of imagery and acrylic paint.
Elm’s work is influenced by her experience in fashion, tailoring, fabrics and design. Her artworks express her critical view of fashion and consumption and how the two are often inseparable.
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