Vorarlberg, Austria, 1959
Ulrike Koeb lives and works in Vienna, Austria, as a food and still life photographer. After working as an assistant to renowned photographers, she took several master classes in photography in Maine and New Mexico, USA. These had a great impact on her and gave her the impetus to devote herself to art photography. Among other things, she did intensive research on black and white techniques, such as platinum-palladium prints, which she sometimes colors. Her sensitivity and passion for color and form is an integral part of her works. In addition to commercial book and magazine projects, her photographs have also appeared in many publications.
Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in, among other places, Oman, England, South Korea, the Netherlands, Hungary, Finland and, most recently, as part of the Image Festival in Amman, Jordan.
The project r e d u c e / r e u s e / r e c y c l e, to which the works exhibited at Drap-Art belong, is composed of seductive, sometimes irritating images, made from food, found objects and packaging material, mainly plastic. She also uses decomposing foodstuffs. With them she aims to raise awareness of the “throw-away society” and the resulting massive threat to the environment. Nature does not produce waste, it works in a circular cycle, which the regenerative system of the circular economy takes as a model with the aim, among others, of reducing waste and emissions. Materials, devices and clothes that are produced, should be used, repaired and passed on as long as possible or shared. Our consumption behavior has to change progressively, the sooner the better. Everyone has to do their part to make it happen. We only have one planet, but we are acting as if we have several spare ones.