Irmgard Koehler

“Retrospective and Introspective”

An Upcoming Exhibition at ARC Gallery Oct 25-Nov 18 2017 Opening Reception Oct 27 6 – 9 PM

Irmgard Koehler speaks about her work: “This body of work comes out of the catastrophes of Central Europe during the 20th century. It comes through my encounter with engaging personalities who illustrated this historical period for me through their lives and their work. The events of the 20th century are illustrated in this body of work by a series of pieces relating to a museum installation entitled  “10,000 Lights Of Extinguished Lives Of Children “, which hit me like a thunderbolt when I saw it. Struggling to show the enormity of the Ten Thousand Lights, I tried to create infinite space by creating an X-Ray and hologram effect, superimposing many layers of material.  This theme occupied me for a long time. I reached a temporary catharsis and put it aside. But today, writing this, I realize anew that the undertones of doom are still there and fresh and continuing in the world today.

As a respite from history, my work then turns inward. The sculpture shows the intimate world of my growing family and expresses feelings about Motherhood.

I want to dedicate this exhibition to my great love, G. E. F. Our lives together were lived out of a deeply felt, mutual and surely historical need.”