(German, b.1952) is a highly influential Contemporary artist, internationally renowned for her complex and controversial works. The artist often addresses feminist issues, challenging and establishing theories of sexuality, culture, and artistic production. She is best known for her knit paintings, which consist of lengths of machine-woolen materials stretched onto fabric.
Trockel is highly interested in the grotesque, and most of her art takes the form of late Surrealism. Heavily influenced by Joseph Beuys
(German, 1921–1986), her avid and limitless imagination can be said to resemble Beuys’s intrepid works of art. Generally, Trockel employs film, video, ceramics, drawings, and collages, plus a full array of sculptures in a range of materials to comprise her practice. She has collaborated with many artists, and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including those held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, England, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, Kunstmuseum in St. Gallen, Switzerland, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, The Drawing Center in New York, NY, and Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Trockel lives and works in Cologne, Germany.