„My works refer to our body consciousness. It is about feeling oneself and making inner processes perceptible through my work. I convey this through the chosen material, through the process of creation, and of course through the optical aesthetics.“
Esther Valerie Riegler lived 8 years of her life in a cohousing project in Austria called Pomali. During this time she was able to experience how important and centering life in community is. In the close togetherness natural frictions arise, but in a mindful interaction with each other these are among other things very healing experiences.
Esther has been a resident of Berlin since 2021. Naturally, she is attracted by the charm of the diversity to be discovered here. It is a good place to engage with people and culture and also with herself. She sees a great value in exposing oneself to a wide variety of influences in order to keep one’s worldview open. This promotes in her case a broader expression in her work. Because she is still looking for new ways to convey the relationship to her own body even more tangibly and clearly. Thereby Esther is not averse to any medium as long as it is ecologically justifiable.
The works should inspire self-respect and thus at the same time respect for our environment. She emphasizes the reference to the environment with the choice of her materials. Such as stone, earth, snow, wood, metal, oxidation.
In the implementation of her work, she is guided by the natural structures of the material. Be it a knothole in the wood or an unexpected coloring in the stone.
In the future, she also wants to experiment more with materials that do not come from the classical tradition of sculpture. For example salt or algae. For her, art has a very fine sensory purpose. It serves as a means to experience things on a non-cognitive level.