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„Heumorphismen“, 2023.


Room installation

Hay and bird nests, coat racks, light stands, aluminium bar table, fan, mop pole, serving trolley, bicycle stand and various other metal objects.

Photos: Natalija Borovec, Ksenija Zoric

Mimi Kohler's "Heumorphismen" are an ode to the essence of nature and the aesthetics of simplicity. In an age of urbanisation and technology, where natural spaces are constantly disappearing, Kohler's art invites us to reconnect with the pristine beauty and texture of natural materials. It is not only about the material itself, but also about the transformation it undergoes. A sofa, usually a symbol of comfort and cosiness, is transformed by the addition of carding into a work of art intended purely for contemplation rather than use. These installations are at once simple in their geometric form but complex in their materiality, a constant dialogue between the natural and the man-made, between perfection and individuality. "Mimi Kohler's series "Heumorphismen" opens a window to a world thought lost - to the subtle textures and pristine beauty of natural materials. In a time characterised by technology and urbanisation, in which the rural is increasingly giving way to a sterile, urban environment, her hay snake sculptures act as a bridge between the simplicity of the past and the complexity of today. They are not only impressive, expansive works, but also symbols of an urgently needed reconnection.
The title is reminiscent of morphology - the study of forms and structures - and links it to hay, one of nature's most elementary materials. The hay, with its irregular, golden structures, is given geometric forms here and speaks a deep, almost archaic language that recalls the primal forms of nature and art itself.The philosophy behind the "hay morphisms" becomes clear when you look at Mimi's entire oeuvre.The sofa, once a symbol of domestic cosiness, is reinterpreted through the overlapping use of carding. It becomes a work of art that is no longer intended for use, but exclusively for contemplation. With such transformative interventions, Mimi invites us to rethink the boundaries between utility and aesthetics, between the everyday and the artistic.Mimi prefers to work with her hands, in direct contact with the materials, which gives her work an intimate, earthy feel. The magic is created in her studio in Dunningen, embedded in a rural cultural landscape and in close proximity to her roots. Where she built hay houses as a child, which offered her and her friends security and safety, she now finds inspiration for her art.

(Text: Patrick Alan Banfield)

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