Christiane Löhr

DEU (1965). Lives and works in Cologne, Germany, and Prato, Italy

Kleiner Tempel
Plant seeds, 4,5 x 7,5 x 6,5 cm

Kleine Durchlässige Form
Plant seeds, 4,5 x 7,5 x 6,5 cm

Kleine Kuppel, 2010
Plant stems, 7 x 7 x 6 cm

Gebirge, 2012
Ivy seeds, 11 x 38 x 24 cm

Fragility, geometry, tension, order, and balance characterize Christiane Löhr’s work which is heavily inflected by her work with carefully reconstructed botanicals. Her delicate sculptures are built with natural elements such as roots, animal hair, bits of plants, seeds, grass fibers, etc., suggesting new ways of using materials, ones which
the artist knows intimately. Her delightful constructions, which show the influence of minimalism and Arte Povera, expand through space.

The process of creation for each of her works is an experiment into the potential of plants, an investigation of the development of new forms. Before joining the different elements of her compositions, Löhr meticulously studies the characteristics, morphology, and function of the materials in order to understand their essence and incorporate them into her art. She then expands the scale of these elements, recreating their form with other organic materials. By doing so she questions the structures of reality, representation, power, and the hierarchies of nature.

The artist defines her work as a whole make-up of individual elements that suddenly appear inseparable: “All of my sculptures share something. Each takes on its own
logic and follows a clear vision of the form and expression within.”