Lara Schnitger’s work crosses the boundaries of installation, sculpture, fashion, architecture and collage with her practice being rooted in the interplay of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ elements. She uses rigid materials such as wood and resin in combination with leather, fur, silk, cotton, and Lycra. The physical nature of these works celebrate the female body, and frame femininity as a complex and powerful force. Made from materials traditionally associated with female labor, these works often double as protest signs and incorporate text that champion feminist viewpoints. Her exhibition highlights include The Hammer Museum, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Magasin 3, LA MOCA, Sculpture Center. Schnitger’s work is featured in the permanent collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Rheims, France; KW, Berlin, Germany; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, among others. Lara Schnitger is represented by Anton Kern Gallery and Grice Bench.
I WAS HERE, 2019 - I WAS HERE, is a site specific work created for OFF THE WALL. It is comprised of a series of individually stretched tapestries sewn together from various colors of two-sided sequin material. Drawing inspiration from Schnitger’s own messages originally visible across the surface, viewers are welcomed to interact with the wall and make their own marks in the sequin fabric as an immediate and ephemeral form of expression and communication.