Of her immersive and disorienting installation art, Monika Goetz explains, “My work deals with consciousness and the boundaries of human perception.” Through it, she seeks to “question and challenge the perception of the viewer, in particular the act of seeing and the sense of space.” To this end, Goetz crafts new environments—using materials such as mirrors, neon lights, or wall drawings—and also stages interventions in existing locations. Provocative and challenging, these installations are dependent on (and completed by) both the viewer’s participation as well as his or her reaction to the work.
Born in Würzburg, Germany in 1968, Goetz studied graphic design at the FH Würzburg as well as fine arts at the Art Academy of Kassel. She has exhibited at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, the Helmhaus in Zürich, and in New York at the SculptureCenter, MoMA P.S.1, and the Queens Museum of Art, among other venues. Goetz lives and works in Berlin.