Although Alexandra Bircken has, for some time, consistently proved one of the most interesting sculptors working in Germany - or, indeed, anywhere - she is still something of an emerging artist.
Bircken's use of materials is extremely diverse, encompassing organic matter ( including, occasionally, foodstuffs left to decay or dessicate within an artwork) as well as industrial or synthetic products. These are frequently utilised in unconventional combinations - such as fabric daubed with concrete - or are knotted, woven and strung together to create 'units' that engender internal tensions and dialogues between components.
Bircken's clear emphasis on crafts such as stitching and knitting along with a widespread use of textiles reflects her background in fashion design, which she studied at London's St Martins College.
Wool, in particular, has been a constant in her work, knitted into various forms or used as a thread with which to connect and tether disparate objects.
More recently years, Bircken's accent on 'feminine' making and has been partially supplanted by a nod towards more minimal, monumental sculptural idioms, with greater emphasis on industrial materials (and processes) such as mirror, metals and casting, as well as more subdued use of colour.