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Karl-Peter Penke

MA work

Sausage, Dogs & Schadenfreude (Don't Lose Your Head)

The Degree Show work is a visual response to my dissertation, Sausage, Dogs & Schadenfreude (Don't Lose Your Head), a febrile epic written on the Sussex seaside for an eight-year-old girl, which explored the Wildermann – or Wild Man – phenomenon (found in many highland regions of Europe and elsewhere), Anglo-German relations, bears, conflict, decapitation, unexpected death, dogs, fate, firefighting, steel helmets, masculinity, migration, mythmaking, masks, the manufacture of paper and sausages.

A fertile subject matter in this time of exiteering and post Cold-War trouble. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Print, 2017

  • I draw, paint, print and make things. I came to the Royal College of Art after living several years in a German forest, and my work, for the time being, is the product of that experience. This included being a bear for a day. 

  • Degrees

  • Prince's Drawing School (now Royal Drawing School, postgraduate drawing scholarship, 2002); BA Visual Arts Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, 2001; BTEC, Chelsea College of Art & Design, 1998
  • Exhibitions

  • PPS #9 : Tall Tales, RCA Dyson Building, Battersea, London, 2017; Freshly Squeezed, CGP, Southwark, London, 2017; Fact & Fiction, Hundred Years Gallery, Islington, London, 2016; It Doesn't Matter, Galerie im Tulla, Mannheim, Germany, 2016; Argh, Rum Factory, Wapping, London, 2016; Break Link, CGP, Southwark, London, 2016; The Lie of the Land (Part IV), SE1 Studios, Bermondsey, London, 2014; 9. Niedersächsischen Grafiktriennale, Schloss Bevern, Lower Saxony, Germany, 2014