Erwin Wurm was born in Bruck an der Mur, in Austria. He studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. Furthermore, he currently lives in Vienna and in Limberg. All in all, he is best known for his strange depictions of everyday life as well as his humorous approach to the Formalism style.
Moreover, Erwin Wurm takes something mundane and enlarges, curves, or otherwise distorts it.
Specifically, his goal is to cause the viewer to look closer at the sculpture and find its true meaning. In fact, for him, inspiration comes from a love of everyday life. Therefore everything around him is useful and a part of his creative process.
As he works with everyday objects such as nails, screws, and almost anything else, he 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. Also, I 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 myself, which is part of it.’ — Erwin Wurm.