About this artwork

This work by German artist Kitty Kraus explores the border between sculpture and drawing. A simple lightbulb and its fittings are frozen in a block of black ink. When the lamp is turned on, it melts the ice, leaving an inky stain that randomly extends into the gallery space. Both the melting process and the stain are part of the artwork. In much of her work Kraus uses simple materials and relinquishes control so that chance can take over.

  • title: Untitled (Icelamp)
  • accession number: GMA 5124
  • artist: Kitty KrausGerman (born 1976)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(In Storage)
  • object type: Installation
  • materials: Ink, lamp
  • date created: 2006
  • measurements: Dimensions variable
  • credit line: Purchased with the support of Charles Asprey and funds from the A. T. Clark Bequest, 2010
  • copyright: © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin

Kitty Kraus

Kitty Kraus

Kitty Kraus studied at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, graduating in 2006. Her work echoes the forms of minimalist artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin. She is also, to a certain degree, operating within the context of Conceptual art. However, her work does not quite abandon its physical presence. She uses a variety of materials such as ice, glass, ink and mirrors to create installations which frequently change form and evolve whilst they are on display. Yet, despite their often auto-destructive nature, the works never entirely disappear.