"The ring is desperate, desperate to find a finger, desperate to tell you: I love you, I am beautiful, I am rich, I am cool, I hate you, I come from Ireland or Austria, I want more, I have enough, I am married, I am funny, I am scary, stupid, important, I can't help you. I am."
- Laura Howard
Karl Fritsch (born in Sonthofen, Germany) studied at Goldsmiths' College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the prestigious Françoise van den Bosch Award (2006). Fritsch's work is included in public and private collections nationally and internationally; the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Crafts) in Hamburg, and MOMA in New York. He now lives in Wellington, and in New Zealand is represented by Hamish McKay Gallery in Wellington, Fingers in Auckland, and The National in Christchurch.