Iris Häussler

String Mouse
String, concrete, box and certificate, 16 X 4 X 3 cm
courtesy the artist and The Joseph Wagenbach Foundation
value: $1,250

Iris Häussler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. Since 2001 she lives and works in Canada. In her off-site installations, she constructs fictitious personae through the material environment they live in. Locations have included rented apartments, hotel rooms, an entire residential house in downtown Toronto for The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach (2006), and a major intervention into the Art Gallery of Ontario with He Named Her Amber (2008-2010). Häussler's interest lies in the range of reactions of her protagonists to their life circumstances; Mark Kingwell has coined the term "haptic conceptual" for these narrative encounters.