The artistic ceramic works of Monika Debus move silently between abstraction and representation while balancing on the cusp of painting.
Their primary strength lies in a basic universal vocabulary. Combinations of simple forms, spontaneously painted with elementary signs evoke a multitude of associations as individual entities.
A special saltglaze finish gives the surface of the works a subtle depth which enhances their originality as well as their mystical aura.
The pieces unveil a private cosmos to the viewer while remaining reminders of instinctive bodily movements.
* 1961 in Germany
since 1993 workshop in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
since 1994 member of Keramikgruppe Grenzhausen
since 2005 member of IAC
2005 artist in residence, Ceramic museum Taipei, Taiwan
2007 selected as member of „Gruppe 83“
2007 selected artist for german residency of Flicam, Fuping, China
Exhibitions in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, Belgium ,USA, Japan, Taiwan, China, Italy
1997 1st prize Kunst am Bau, Speicher
1999 special prize „saltglaze“, HWK Koblenz
2000 Judge´s Prize, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei
2001 Westerwaldpreis- Prize for saltglazed stoneware and porcelain
2014 Honourable Mention, Ceramic competition in Mino, Japan
2018 Highly Commended, Preis der Ceramic Review, Ceramic Art London
Work in museums and privat collections
1992 collection, county Rheinland-Pfalz
1997 collection Nass.Sparkasse, Wiesbaden
2001 Lotte-Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim
2002 Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
2004 Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen
Landesmuseum Landshut, collection Rudolf Strasser
Taipei Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2005 Ceramic Museum Mino, Japan
2006 Emslandmuseum, Schloß Clemeswerth, Sögel
2011 Neue Pinakothek Munich, New Collection
2014 Ceramic museum, Mino,Japan
2016 Grassi museum, Leipzig