Rita McBride was born in Des Moines (Iowa, USA) in 1960, and currently lives and works in Düsseldorf and New York City. She has been a professor of sculpture since 2003 and the Rector of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf since 2013. Rita McBride has a broad artistic practice, in which she occupies herself with the interfaces of minimalist sculpture and modernist architecture as well as the symbolism, structure, and function of everyday objects. Through looking carefully, distorting dimensions, and leaving out, she transforms everyday forms and materialities into an unusual spatiality. 


Access, 2016


Rita McBride’s Access project consists of 17 keys of various forms and sizes. The Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen received a drawing of the forms as the basis and transformed them into 3D datasets, into CAD drawings for a water jet cutter. In a second working step, bronze panels were cast using the open casting method so as to produce an uneven surface whose structure and coloring could not be controlled. The keys were then cut out of the panels using a water jet cutter. The archaic-seeming surface therefore creates a contrast with the polished, precisely cut edges.