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Christiane Löhr

Studio Stefania Miscetti

For a contemporary artist, working with natural materials can represent an approach to our mythic mother, the earth, but also an investigation of structural laws, the search for an order underlying the apparent disorder of nature. To put Christiane Löhr’s work in perspective we need to bring these two aspects into agreement. This German artist works with horsehair, dog fur, plant stems, thistle or ivy seeds, and grasses and, through elemental operations like knotting, braiding, overlapping, and juxtaposition, constructs (on this occasion, small) sculptures that can be arranged on a horizontal surface or hung on the wall—almost always attached with very fine horsehair needles, which are themselves part of the work. Löhr’s symbolic and structural concerns can be seen as united in Piccola torre (Small Tower), Piccola piramide (Small Pyramid), and Piccolo tempio (Small Temple), all from 2004,

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