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Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm’s work involves taking something mundane and enlarging, curving, or otherwise distorting it. His goal is to cause the viewer to look closer at the sculpture and find its true meaning. For him inspiration comes from a love of everyday life, and that everything around him is useful and a part of his creative process. 

Wurm takes everyday object such as nails, screws, and almost anything else, and creates sculptures that make people question exactly what defines a sculpture.

‘I would like one part of my work to become ephemeral by speaking. I make works where people say sentences and that’s the sculpture, which only exists in your head for a period of time. But this is just one part. I also like other things so I’m always trying different stuff and experimenting in different ways, it’s very exciting for me. But yeah, I both enjoy and doubt of myself, which is part of it.’ — Erwin Wurm


Erwin Wurm was born in Bruck an der Mur and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. He is best known for his strange depictions of everyday life and his humorous approach to the Formalism style. 




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