Artists in Residence

The Austrian Sculpture Park annually invites national and international artists or art students to join the debate around the concepts of sculpture and the park itself, developing new artworks for the collection.


Through mutual utilisation of the synergies created by this programme and the atelier programmes of the Land Steiermark, the artists benefit from residential studios, the profound library of the Institute for Art in Public Spaces and their curatorial expertise, which can be accessed in case of content related consensus. 




Samel Ekeh

Weeping Tears, 2018


About the project

Samuel Ekeh places a block-like, geometrical sculpture into the park. This sculpture combines both architectural and figurative elements. The papier maché surface is painted and sports fragments of old Hebrew characters. Samuel Ekeh describes his sculpture “Weeping Tears” as a “provocative structure” rather open in its meaning. At the same time, he perceives the work as a “medium of communication”, comparing it with African masks that create a magical connection between spirits and humans. Abstraction and formal reduction of the sujet in works by Fritz Wotruba and Constantin Brancusi are important points of reference for Samuel Ekeh. In contrast to them though, he consciously uses short-lived materials that annul any claims to endurance or validity.

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