Alicja Kwade, (born in 1979 Katowice, Poland) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her artworks investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video, installations and even photography.
Below, some examples of her work, the first piece is one of my favourites:
'In a display case, labelled glass jars with pulverized contents are presented. In this series, Kwade had different objects - a bicycle, a radio, a lamp or a clock - separated into component parts and then professionally pulverized in a lengthy process. The ground components with a particle size of 0.5 mm, the size of a grain of sand, were poured into the various glass jars. Precise specifications of the weight and contents of the itemized materials trace the industrial product back to its original materiality. With this installation, Kwade presents an image of a ‘decomposing material world.'