Am Pool / at the pool
Spielhäuser (Playhouses), 2021
Wood, paper, plastic bags, c-prints, wire, pleather, foil, stickers
Lilli Thiessen's colorfully wrapped Spielhäuser (2021) on the accessible terrace initially seem inviting. However, they are only aimed at children at first glance. As in advertising, the houses are meant to attract and tease onlookers. The sparkling and cute surface conceals a criticism: birthday cards for people over 40 and empty candy packaging are pasted on the wrapping paper. The artist questions the life goals of Western consumer societies, especially the idea of the nuclear family. Who gets what and why do we want what we want?
About the artist
Lilli Thiessen (*1983, Hamburg) points to social ills in her work, always maintaining a seemingly cheerful and playful aesthetic. Her works are like "cake that makes you sick when you eat too much." They have recently been shown, for example, at Universitätsgalerie der Angewandten in Wien and at MAVRA in Berlin. In 2019, she founded the design studio HULFE together with artist Daphne Ahlers.