Theresa Hecker


Theresa Hecker geboren 1989 in München. Studierte Malerei an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München bei Pia Fries und Bildhauerei an der Accademia di Belle Arti in Rom bei Ciriaco Campus. Ihre Arbeiten wurden in der Villa Schöningen in Potsdam, in der Galerie Walter Storms in München und im Museum Kurhaus Kleve gezeigt. Theresa Hecker lebt und arbeitet in Zürich.

2014 – 2021 Studium Malerei, Klasse Pia Fries, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

2017 – 2019 Studium Bildhauerei, Klasse Ciriaco Campus, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

Seit 2019 Atelier in Zürich

2020 Meisterschülerin von Pia Fries

2021 Diplom 


Auf ein Ei geschrieben | Halle 50, München | Gruppenausstellung | 18.03.-27.03.2023

Willkommen Welcome | SOSOSO, München | Gruppenausstellung | 26.11.-31.12.2022

Artnews: Theresa Hecker | Galerie Smudajescheck, München | Einzelausstellung | 11.11.-19.11.2022

Zwischen Gestern und Morgen | Museum Kurhaus Kleve | Gruppenausstellung | 31.10.22-19.03.202

Drei Farben: Blau, Weiß, Rot | Galerie Walter Storms, München | Gruppenausstellung | 06.07.-06.08.2022

Blanc de Blancs | Villa Schöningen, Potsdam | Gruppenausstellung | 19.03.-05.06.2022


“The table is a place of encounter. We find it, in one form or another, in every culture. It is always an invitation to sit down next to each other, to exchange ideas with acquaintances and strangers, to have a drink or a meal together. It is a neutral place where we approach each other and in my work it always represents the culture of the Mediterranean region, which I got to know thanks to an Erasmus stay in Rome. For a few years now, ‘The Table’ has been my mindset for work. We encounter it every day and it brings me back to my work every day. I see ‘always starting from scratch’ as an essential aspect of my approach.
The exhibition features works from two different groups of works.

The small-format works in the exhibition are ceramic sculptures. They show still lifes, to a certain extent portraits of table tops or tablecloths. Ornamental bands, similar to borders, open up their own formal language, detaching themselves from the motif and moving towards abstraction. The pictorial bodies are cast from clay, painted with engobe – a liquid clay mixed with natural pigments – during the drying process and then fired in a single pass. By tinting the colors, the respective motif is worked out plastically and spatially with just a few brushstrokes. This technique involves working wet-on-wet, which means you only have a limited amount of time to work. In this respect, the engobe technique is similar to the affresco technique, whereby the colors only achieve their luminosity through firing.

Also on display in the exhibition is a diptych O.T.. A large-format painting consisting of two pictures. They are two parts of the same picture, whose togetherness is intensified by their separation. An object is carved out with a quick, visible brushstroke that gives a sense of the manual. The dialogue between the two halves of the picture is created by the coloring, the style, the motif and the spatial placement of the two halves in relation to each other. The two halves of the picture, measuring 119 x 168 cm, together make exactly 2 ㎡. The ratio of the two side lengths is 1 : √2 (1 ∶ 1.414), like that of a sheet of paper in DIN format. In music, the √2 is the frequency ratio of two tones in equal temperament. Two tones that form half an octave. “
Theresa Hecker