|Cogito Ergo Sum (1988)|
|Awards||Wolf Prize in Arts (2011)|
Rosemarie Trockel (born 13 November 1952) is a German conceptual artist. She has made drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos and installations, and has worked in mixed media. From 1985 she made pictures using knitting-machines. She is a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Trockel was born on 13 November 1952 in Schwerte, in Nordrhein-Westfalen in West Germany. Between 1974 and 1978 she studied anthropology, mathematics, sociology and theology while also studying at the Werkkunstschule of Cologne, at a time when the influence of Joseph Beuys was very strong there.
In the early 1980s Trockel met members of the Mülheimer Freiheit artist group founded by Ji?í Georg Dokoupil and Walter Dahn, and exhibited at the women-only gallery of Monika Sprüth in Cologne.
In 1985 Trockel began to make large-scale paintings produced on industrial knitting machines. These regularly featured geometric motifs or logos such as the Playboy Bunny or a hammer and sickle, and the trademark: "made in West Germany". During the 1980s Trockel also worked for the magazine Eau de Cologne, which was focussed on the work of women artists.
In 1994 she created the Frankfurter Engel monument for the city of Frankfurt. Since the late 1990s Trockel has worked extensively with clay and has also continued to produce both hand and machine knitted "paintings". Several of these paintings were exhibited in her major mid-career retrospective, Post-Menopause at Ludwig Museum, Kessel in 2005. The title of this exhibition has been read as a comment on the common occurrence of women artists only receiving recognition at a late stage of their lives. In 2011 she won the Wolf Prize for painting. In 2012 The New Museum, New York, presented a major exhibition of Trockel's work, curated by Lynne Cooke, titled Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos.