Gitte Schäfer

The Raven Is Dead

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the sampling artist as a DJ, but I think no description could be further away from Gitte Schäfer’s approach. There is something comfortably old fashioned about her style, though she does indeed sample and makes use of the assemblage as well as objet trouvé. But in opposition to many other artists that are reinventing or –discovering the bliss of appropriation, there are no quick stories behind Schäfer’s images and objects that make them all fit together in a smart and convenient way. Or put in another way: there are no stories that have to be told in order to comprehend what they are about. But this does not equal pure aesthetic and handicraft, though both in fact play a crucial role in Schäfer’s pieces.