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"Trockel is one of the most important figures in the contemporary art movement in Germany. She has gained international renown through her complex and controversial work that addresses contemporary concerns, especially those of women. Woman and her place in society, particularly in the microcosm of the art world, is a central theme of her work. She also challenges established theories about sexuality, culture, and artistic production. In her knitted paintings Trockel designs patterns on a computer that are then produced by a knitting machine." (csw.art)
She is known for her work in painting, photography, sculpture, and video installation. Born 1952 in Schwerte, Germany, Trockel studied painting at the Werkkunstschule in Cologne. She lives and works in Cologne.