Simone Stoll

Frankfurt, Germany

SIMONE STOLL was born in 1967 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She trained and studied theatre design in Berlin and in London where she also organised Live Art and performance events. In 1994 the City of Reykjavik and the Kjarvalsstadir Museum invited her to an artist residency for five months in Reykjavik, Iceland. For two years, she was artist-in-residence with an art centre situated on the premises of a psychiatric hospital in Aix-en-Provence, France. In 2011, she received an invitation from the Akademie der Künste Berlin for a one-year residency. There, as well as later back in Marseilles, she also became an artist-in-residence with laboratories in the neurosciences.

Simone Stoll’s work can be found in private and public collections. She has participated in video festivals, group and solo shows in Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA. In 2007, she was part of the Biennale of Québec and received the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. In 2011, she took part in the Bienal Internacional de Fotografía de Tenerife and was given the Fotonoviembre Award.

“My work evolves around the human body and mind. Earlier in the form of painting, I now focus on drawing, video and digital photography. Former research on the human mind, as well as collaborations with neuroscientists have nourished my work and understanding of the human. I still appreciate input from outside; then again, I seek to create in solitude revealing physical and emotional intimacy, fragility and rawness of emotions. My approach is direct trying to keep the means simple; the camera is fixed and turns into the sole witness to this instant. The editing might be straight linear like in the ‘Walking’ series or multi-layered and coloured like in the video ‘Meer’. Most times, I am the performer of my videos and model for photos. I am always searching for a poetic approach, a sensual and pensive touch.”