Heck Kati - Schutzengel of Painting
2015 - Textile, polystyrene, metal, epoxy - 2 x (110 x 130 x 130 cm
Kati Heck (Düsseldorf, 1979) is an originally German painter and sculptor. She married a Belgian and lives and works in Antwerp. Content Heck came to Antwerp when she was 18 to enroll in the fashion course at the Fashion Academy. She said she thought the direction was too neat. That is why she studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, from which she graduated in 2000. In 2011 she won the IKOB painting prize. Heck's work consists of sculptures, installations and paintings, which are often large in size. Her work is figurative and sometimes contains references to her German background. Her grandfather served as a youth with the Waffen-SS in WWII. This past is reflected in the recurring use of German-language texts, bratwurst or lederhosen on her canvases. She often portrays her friends - including many musicians and visual artists - in surreal humorous situations or attitudes. Jan Hoet supported her in her artistry. Heck is also part of the performance group Bissy Bunder, which also includes German Tina Schott, Julia Wlodkowski, Johanna Trudzinski, Rani Bageria and Michèle Matyn. In 2009 the film 'Beyonda- A Journey Into The Darkness' was also made with Bissy Bunder.