"A Thing That Makes A Castle" –
Sabine Müller’s exhibition at the NEWCOMER KWS Art Lounge

Einbeck, September 1st, 2023

Small commonplace situations often fade into the background in daily life. With her artistic categories of painting and drawing, photography and video, or as an object sculpturally formed in ceramics and porcelain, Sabine Müller brings these into the viewer's focus. The artist from Hanover examines the interplay of objects and living beings and recognizes situations in them, each of which entails very individual consequences and causalities. "A Thing That Makes A Castle" is the title of Sabine Müller's exhibition, which can be seen until November 10 in the rooms of the NEWCOMER KWS Art Lounge in Tiedexer Straße in Einbeck.

The exhibition’s opening with Sabine Müller

Sabine Müller, artist (center), Dr. Jule Hillgärtner, Director of the Kunstverein Braunschweig (right), Bettina Alex, KWS Public Affairs & Arts (left); Photo: Florian Spieker*

Sabine Müller lives and works in Hanover. Discovering, recognizing and analyzing have always been passions of the artist, which is why she studied not only art history but also philosophy and classical archaeology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn from 2005 to 2012. From 2011 to 2017, she added the study of free art at the University of Fine Arts (HBK) in Braunschweig. In 2016 she received her diploma there and was a master student of Professor Olav Christopher Jensen from 2016 to 2017. As soon as she was able to do free artistic work, scholarships and exhibitions in Germany and Italy followed.

"Sabine Müller presents us with her thoughts and insights, including on the often invisible assistants that accompany us all in our daily work," Bettina Alex, Public Affairs & Arts at KWS, welcomed visitors to the opening. With the material she uses, Sabine Müller draws a boundary that helps the viewer to distinguish the sphere of the everyday from the space of art, said Dr. Jule Hillgärtner, Director of the Kunstverein Braunschweig, at the exhibition opening. "In their new materiality, at least most of Sabine Müller's assistants distance themselves from the particular everyday object that once inspired their production. A porcelain padlock will hardly secure a garden gate." Things of everyday life, she said, are valuable objects in a special way that can turn our four walls into a castle. "In order to become aware of these qualities of things that support, help and hold us as a given and on a daily basis, we need the very subtlety that we can notice in Sabine Müller as an archaeologist of the present," Hillgärtner said. "A subtlety that is borne by a love of the object, a great passion for the material and an understanding of the needs of everyday life."

Many hardly noticed objects in our environment, the small everyday helpers - transferred by Sabine Müller with a certain amount of wit into blue porcelain - are the focus of attention in the front room of the NEWCOMER KWS Art Lounge: On a beech wood plate lying on the floor, the artist presents her various small assistants, for example flower vases, hot-water bottles, mugs or rubber gloves, and puts them in relation to each other through milled lines reminiscent of archaeological excavations. Small-scale drawings, strictly hung in a row, are interspersed and connected with murals. These murals extend through the other rooms and thus begin to communicate with each other.

Large-format paintings, drawings, photographs, painted curtains, and objects made of porcelain come together in the second room of NEWCOMER to form an exciting, expansive installation. In the back, a cartoon reflects the exhibition title and humorously plays with the artist's room. Two double-faced vases made of marbled clay are each divided in the middle by a falling curtain.

In the NEWCOMER KWS Art Lounge workshop room, the mural continues across the space. Blue ceramic bowls, each replicating two open hands, on tables and homemade shelves "assist" visitors by offering dextrose candies as an energy boost. The packaging was also designed by the artist.

One work of art is still missing from the exhibition. This is because Sabine Müller is working on an artist's book, which she will publish at NEWCOMER during the exhibition period.

The NEWCOMER KWS Art Lounge is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

„A Thing That Makes A Castle“ – Sabine Müller

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