Tilleke Schwarz

Tilleke Schwarz


Tilleke stitches maps of modern life that remind of graffiti. She includes anything that moves, amazes or intrigues her. Daily life, mass media, traditional samplers and cats are major sources of inspiration. The result is a mixture of content, graphic quality and fooling around. The work can be understood as a kind of visual poetry

The work contains narrative elements. Not really complete stories, with a beginning, a storyline, and an end. On the contrary, the narrative structures are used as a form of communication with the viewer. The viewer is invited to decipher connections or to create them. The viewer may assemble the stories and to produce chronological and causal structures. Actually the viewer might step into the role of the “author”. It can become a kind of play between the viewer and Tilleke. Tilleke’s work relates to the history of humanity that is determined through stories.

The sense of humour is typical for her Jewish background: a mixture of a laugh and a tear. Tilleke loves textiles because of the tactile looks. Textile generally has a more intimate relationship with the viewer and is very suitable to communicate emotions. Aside from embroidery Tilleke works in mixed media (mostly drawing) on paper.

PURR CHASE | Purr Chase reminds of shopping, which nowadays is the most popular leisure activity. The title refers to cats and to chasing after whatever.
PURR CHASE (detail)
ALWAYS (detail)

Pijnacker, The Netherlands



Workshops: Yes
Talks: Yes
Commissions: Yes