*1971 in Haan
lives and works in Düsseldorf
For the sculptures of Markus Karstieß, ceramics are the central material, an ancient material which, like an archaic cultural memory, seems to occupy a variety of forms from the fundus of cultural history in Karstieß’ work. The objects cite archaic phalluses, bones or formless creatures reminiscent of coral or three-dimensional Rohrschach-tests. Karstieß also creates ceramic (part-)architectures, with which he explores the limits of the processing possibilities of his preferred material. Formed by the hands, these figurations are given an “un-perfection”, in which amorphous organic forms through extraordinary glazes bring about an iridescence of the crude form and the perfect surfaces, the desire for attractiveness and the demonic rejection.