Christiane Löhr
Various works
Courtesy of the artist and TUCCI RUSSO Gallery, Turin
It seems that in her works Christiane Löhr follows Martin Heidegger's ideas on the indissoluble unity of 'life, thinking and construction'. Her works are miniature compositions made of plants (she calls them 'sculptures') or decorative filament weaving (she calls them 'installations'), as well as multi-format pictures. They all conform to constructive models. However, Löhr's 'construction' doesn't go beyond her daily practice. Since Christiane practiced horseback riding in her childhood, her installations are made of horse- hair. She finds the plants for her 'sculptures' – stems with thistle tufts and dandelions, burdock and poplar seeds, etc –during her long refreshing walks. In sympathy with Heidegger, her creative thinking appears to be inseparable from the natural landscape and exploring "wood trails". Whereas the philosopher found his place in the Black Forest mountains, Löhr found hers in the hills of Tuscany.

However, the artist does not sing about nature, nor she explores it. Finding your place on Earth means to stop contemplating it poetically and overwhelming it with rationality. It means that, if the thinking is rooted in life experience and life is a journey, the art is a spontaneous elemental settlement of space. Hence, Löhr's spatial structures are not imposed upon the world externally. They grow out from nature, from encounters with power, primary elements and organic impulses. Therefore, her work does not contain any messages or instructions, it simply shows us its silent presence. As Heidegger puts it, referring to Heraclitus, 'Nature loves to hide'.
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