Selected Illustration Projects

The Makeshift Conqueror

On the CD cover is a machine-like construction resembling a human bust. The frontal ‘portrait’ on a gold leaf background reminds medieval image traditions and stresses the ‘majestic’, ‘stuff-of-legends’ characteristics of the Conqueror. Plants and fungi grow from in between the cracks and crannies of the machine parts: life finds a way. The backside of the cover features root networks on the inside of the Conqueror’s metal shell.

The artwork for this metal album was naturally heavily inspired by the music and the lyrics of the album itself. It is about struggle, rejection, anger, and about the will to overcome adversities. The concept of the makeshift conqueror, of one who does not stick to one rigid plan but is able to adjust as he goes along, is ultimately not a negative one.

Where the cover contrasts machinic and natural elements, the drawings inside the booklet continue in a series of juxtapositions. The atmosphere and elements of the drawings are derived from the music itself. Organised in clear geometric shapes, lead opposes gold, a ravine opposes a mountain, glowing coals oppose billowing waves and a cracked stone opposes a burning sun. The series culminates in a labyrinthian composition with a cinnabar stone at the centre.

Displaced Energy

This series of drawings (30 altogether) illustrates a research project by the University of Edinburgh into two refugee camps in Kenya and Burkina Faso. A team of researchers investigated how materials are creatively repurposed by the inhabitants of the camps according to their needs. This analysis of energy access in the camps and resilience strategies deployed the camps’ inhabitants makes clear that new methodological approaches are needed to give more insight into how to improve humanitarian energy interventions and policies.

Rosenthal Collectors Christmas Plate

The Christmas Plate is a project that I inherited from my grandfather Hans Müller who was a passionate painter and porcelain designer. He designed every edition of the series until 2018, with the exception of the 1971 edition. The Christmas Plate limited edition series was initiated in 1967 by the porcelain company Bareuther on the occasion of their 100th birthday. Rosenthal continued the series when taking over Bareuther due to the popularity of the Christmas Plate. The Christmas Plate takes inspiration from traditional German illustrations from the 19th century, sharing the tranquil atmosphere that many people associate with a peaceful Christmas.

Ohne Anfang ohne Ende

An events series celebrating looped electronic music and video art.

Michael Schwarzfischer, organisor:
Beim Versuch, das Leben in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft einzuteilen, stellen wir immer wieder fest, dass sich die Dinge wiederholen. Beinahe täglich derselbe Input, dieselben Diskussionen, dieselbe Arbeit. Die Routine des Eat-Sleep-Work-Repeat hat in unserem Leben Zeitschleifen erschaffen. Das erscheint zunächst negativ, doch muss es das sein? Die Künstler des Abends wollen nicht darunter leider, sondern machen sich diese Zeitschleifen zu Nutze.
Loop-basiertes Elektro-Wunderland.

Kellie Jones, editor:

‘Introducing seven fairy tales from the coloured fairy books of Andrew Lang: Scotland’s answer to the Brothers Grimm.

You’ve met Cinderella; now meet Cinderlad. Where water restores an immortal man’s magic, a prince can talk only when the sun shines, and a girl can be anything – fish, deer, ant, monkey; or a warrior who saves her family.

From the fir tree who dreams, to the wife who wishes, follow The Rainbow Fairy Book through love and adventure.’