Barbara Graf is an artist and lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the Textile Department. In her work she
investigates body representations and develops flexible sculptures as a second skin. The main media are drawing, sculpture,
photography and film. Since 2004 she has been working in artistic research projects dealing with medical issues. She is currently
developing her artistic doctoral thesis Stitches and Sutures on the visualization of body perception.
Graf presents works that deal intensively with the body. Covers, cloths and bandages describe a movement from the surface
into the depths of the body. Once it is a solid protective wrapping, it is soon a fine translucent bandage into which physical
structures are drawn with the sewing machine. Another time the body is drawn cartographically. The physical space is turned
upside down, expanded or rearranged. Textile and physical tissues overlap. The works from the series of the Cloths show vulnerable
bodies. Fabrics used in surgery are transformed artistically into membranes that embody corporeal expression and body perception.