Stella Hamberg


At the center of Stella Hamberg's sculptural imagery, as in the entire history of sculpture, is the human being. For Hamberg, working on a sculpture functions like a constant dialogue, and each of her pictorial worlds speaks its own language.

"Hamberg understands the approach to tradition as a challenge. She wants her works, even without excessive modulation of material and narrative identity, to be genuine sculpture. Sitting as self-absorption, standing as self-assertion have always been classical postures of sculpture. Hamberg subverts them by dispensing with the slightest hint of pose and reference. She depicts people who seem to elude our attention and convey "neither calm nor action, neither sympathy nor disinterest." They refer to nothing but their self-evidence. They do not even exclude themselves by pedestal or plinth. They confront us at eye level like Rodin's Citizens of Calais according to the original plan." Manfred Schneckenburger

Stella Hamberg, born in 1975, studied sculpture with Prof. Martin Honert in Dresden. Since graduating as a master student in 2005, she lived and worked in Berlin. In 2006 she received the Karl Schmidt Rottluff scholarship. Works by Stella Hamberg have been shown e.g. at the Albertinum in Dresden and in the sculpture garden of Villa Schöningen, as well as at the Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Kunstverein Ulm. With the exhibition "Corpus", the Arp Museum Rolandseck presented an extensive solo exhibition in 2021.